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Ledger-Enquirer: You can get a cocktail at this new downtown Columbus dog park. Here’s a first look.

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

Dogs ran back and forth across the green turf of Fetch Park Thursday, chasing tennis balls and each other while some of their owners enjoyed a cold beer from the nearby Airstream Bar.

Music played over loudspeakers and the U.S. Open tennis tournament streamed over a large screen that mimics a baseball stadium’s jumbotron. Columbus’ new dog park and bar combo Fetch Park, 1432 Fifth Ave., is an off-leash dog park and bar combo that started in Atlanta.

The new Columbus location hosted a soft opening Thursday evening and will officially open to the public Saturday.

The concept, brought to Columbus by local real estate development firm The Cotton Companies, has been featured on the Travel Channel, CNN and other TV networks.

“I think, if I could wave a magic wand and have one wish of what this would do for the city, it would bring more people together,” The Cotton Companies President Chris Woodruff told the Ledger-Enquirer. “And I think you’ll see that here. Because it’s not about ‘if you have a dog, you can come;’ it’s everyone’s welcome. Everyone is welcome at Fetch Park, and that’s the beauty of it.”

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