Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park

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Deputy John Kotfila, Jr. Memorial Dog Park

When Hillsborough County Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr. lost his life to a wrong-way driver on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in March of last year we wanted to do something to honor his legacy. After we had learned about the strong bond between Deputy Kotfila's and his German Shepard, Dexter, we decided to investigate the possibility of building a dog park in his honor.

After months of planning, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is excited to announce that dog park construction has begun under the Selmon Expressway behind the Bell Channelside Apartments. The Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park will have plenty of room for dogs of all sizes to socialize, with separate play areas for small and large dogs. We are installing top of the line canine turf, which is safer for puppy paws, more durability and requires less maintenance – all be under the shade of the Selmon Expressway.

Playful barks, wagging tales, and happy feet - from two-and four-legged friends will soon be heard and seen at the Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park.

K9Grass, an innovative artificial grass especially designed for pets. Unlike other generic artificial grass, K9Grass is softer and won’t cut or damage the paws of smaller dog breeds. Other innovative elements include water fountains with built-in pet bowls and large bench-style seating throughout the park.

The dog park is scheduled to be completed in late June, and we will notify you of the date and time of the official grand opening. We hope you and your dogs will join us to celebrate the addition of this latest amenity along the Selmon Greenway.

Every attempt will be made to minimize any inconvenience during the few weeks of construction.

Join Us for the Grand Opening and Dedication

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority invites you to attend the Grand Opening and Dedication of the Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park on June 24th from 9 am - 12 pm. The Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park is located at 705 Raymond Street, Tampa, FL 33606 underneath the Selmon Expressway behind the Bell Channelside Apartments. There will be kid's games, dog bowl giveaways, and food and drinks so please join us for a fun-filled morning.

  • June 24th, 2017 from 9 am - 12 pm
  • 705 Raymond Street Tampa, FL 33606
  • The unveiling of the Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr. Memorial Statue
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