Local Do: Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park

by Jennifer Thai in


This weekend, pH and I took Sadie to the grand opening of the Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park in the Channel District. Featuring two separate play areas for large and small pups to roam and plenty of shade from the Selmon Expressway overpass, this new park is a welcome addition to the Tampa Bay area's growing dog-friendly community.

Large Dog Play Area

Large Dog Play Area

Small Dog Play Area

This new dog park honors the legacy of Hillsborough County Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr., who lost his life to a wrong-way driver on the Selmon Expressway in March 2016, and pays tribute to the strong bond he had with his German shepherd, Dexter.

Sadie had way too much fun playing with the other pups, and pH and I got a chance to meet with a few of the vendors at the grand opening, including the fine folks of Craving Donuts and Adam Goldberg of AGoldPhoto Pet Photography

Water Fountains

Caramel Bacon Donut from Craving Donuts

Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park is located at 705 Raymond Street in Tampa and is Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority's first Selmon Greenway Pocket Park. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.