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Posted on: April 4, 2018

[ARCHIVED] April 14: Three family friendly events

Opelika Dog Park grand opening, Flip for a Cure and A Rocket in a Railroad Town documentary premiere slated for Saturday, April 14.

On Saturday, April 14 the community can join Opelika Parks and Recreation for three free, family-friendly events. The day will feature the Opelika Dog Park grand opening, Opelika Trampoline and Tumbling’s Flip for a Cure event, and the Rocket in a Railroad Town documentary premiere.

Opelika Dog Park, located at Floral Park has been open to public use for several weeks, but Opelika Parks and Recreation is hosting the park’s grand opening next Saturday. The Opelika Chamber of Commerce will facilitate the dog park’s ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.

The Opelika Dog Park features an 8,000 square foot small dog area and an 18,000 square foot large dog area. The park is equipped with double entry fencing, seating, pet waste systems, agility equipment and ADA complaint access to the parking area.

In conjunction with ribbon cutting, the Lee County Humane Society (LCHS) and iHeart Media are hosting their Family Fun Day, which will feature adoptable pets, free hotdogs, inflatables and giveaways. Community members are welcome to bring their dogs and help support LCHS.

After attending the dog park grand opening, community members can head over to the Denson Drive Recreation Center for Opelika Trampoline and Tumbling’s Flip for a Cure event. The OTT Team is bringing their trampolines outside and performing some of their awe-inspiring trampoline routines for the public. All proceeds from this event will benefit Relay for Life.

“We are hoping that attendees will enjoy watching our team’s incredible talent, but more than that we hope that people will feel led to donate to help us fight against cancer,” said Beth Mowery, tumbling director. “Cancer has touched so many of our team member’s lives, and we are just glad to be doing something about it.”

Flip for a Cure will also feature games and inflatables for children, a baked good sale and photo opportunities with the OHS cheerleaders. Those who come hungry can purchase a sack lunch from Butcher Paper BBQ or a cool treat from Kona Ice.

Visitors can stop to watch the OTT Team perform from 1-5 p.m. The trampolines and games will be located on the grassy space adjacent to the recreation center.

That evening, Opelika Parks and Recreation is debuting A Rocket in a Railroad Town, a 45-minute documentary that highlights the history of Opelika, the history of the Rocky Brook Rocket and the renovation the train underwent in 2016.

The documentary was originally scheduled to be shown in February, but freezing temperatures derailed that plan.

“This documentary premiere has been a long time coming,” said Matt Battles, municipal area supervisor. “We hope that having it during the Spring more people will be able to view this great, historical film.”

The film showing begins at 7 p.m. at Municipal Park, but those who arrive early can take advantage of free rides on The Rocky Brook Rocket from 5-6:45 p.m.

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