City officials reported some 800 dogs and their resident owner-companions have joined Chesterfield's new dog park on Old Baxter Road, behind .
has been sharing the soaring count since Sept. 1 when opened. It was several hundred dogs the first two days of opening, then about another 200 every week since.
The dog run is just part of the city's newest park. There is also a walking trail and secluded pond on the former farm property.
after the city bought the property from private owners. An aging red barn remains on the site for storage, officials said.
The city also installed modest bathrooms and parking, and limited lighting, since the park closes one-half hour after sunset.
The dog run area has an open shelter for humans, and a somewhat natural-looking water feature of large rocks and running water for dogs.
This year, dog owners only paid $10 to join, since the year was three-fourths over when the park opened. Next year it would cost $30 to join, officials said.
It is a resident-only park and joiners must show proof of residence in Chesterfield and current medical records of the dogs to staff within the front lobby.
The entrance gate to the dog run is a combination lock.