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 dedicating the Selmon Greenway dog park in his honor.

After months of planning, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is excited to announce that the dog park (THEA’s first Selmon Greenway Pocket Park) is completed under the Selmon Expressway behind the Bell Channelside Apartments. The Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park has plenty of room for dogs of all sizes to socialize, with separate play areas for small and large dogs. We installed top of the line canine turf, which is safer for puppy paws, more durable and requires less maintenance – all under the shade of the Selmon Expressway.

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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 grand opening is Saturday, June 24th from 9 am - 12 pm. We hope you and your dogs will join us to celebrate the addition of this latest amenity along the Selmon Greenway.

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.

  • 705 Raymond Street Tampa, FL 33606
  • June 24th, 2017 from 9 am - 12 pm
  • 9:30 am - The unveiling of the Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr. Memorial

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