The park was opened in 2007 as a memorial to the late Patrick Brannon. Patrick was a local youngster who tragically lost his life at the age of 13. Patrick's story caught the hearts of many locals, and when looking into options to memorialize his life, his exuberant love for dogs was an obvious choice.
In more recent years, the dog park has become quite the local attraction, thanks in no small part to the success of Patrick's father's book regarding his story, and the creation of the park itself. Because of this, a lot of local events tend to happen in and around the park grounds.
This 3-acre plot of land is fenced, which means your dogs are off of their leashes provided that the gates are closed. Two walking trails run the entire length of the park and are usually open to the public year round. One notable exception is the town's yearly Dog Days marathon, which is usually the 3rd week in July. During this period, all paved trails are roped off for use.
Every third Thursday, the local library presents "Dog Treats." This is a program run in tandem with the city of Paris' local dog shelters, in which individuals can come and play with, read to, and attempt to train dogs that have yet to be adopted.
There's also a beautiful creek that runs throughout this small park. The creek itself is lined with both benches and picnic tables. These are first come, first serve and cannot be reserved for parties or events.
Because no staffed office exists on the property, all questions or requests concerning the park should be directed to the Bourbon County Parks Department. Parking is located immediately north of the main, gated entrance.
Disposable bags are available free of charge just to the left of the gate, to take care of any "business" your dog may engage in. The Patrick Brannon Dog Park is open to the public 24 hours, 7 days a week.