Lawrence’s Pooch Plunge rescheduled to Aug. 21

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The Lawrence Parks and Recreation department has moved the annual Pooch Plunge out a week later than previously announced.

The Pooch Plunge will now give pups their chance to enjoy the water from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, rather than Aug. 14, Lisa C. Hughes, senior administrative specialist with Lawrence Parks and Recreation, said via email Friday.

Once the Outdoor Aquatic Center closes for the season, the chemicals in the water are neutralized to make it safe for dogs, according to the city. The event is popular, drawing hundreds of dogs annually, Hughes said — 357 last year.

“It’s a fun way to end the season and let our canine friends splash and socialize with their peers,” Hughes said.

Registration is available on the city’s website, but you can also register onsite. It costs $5 per pup. All dogs must have proof of current vaccinations and must be under their owner’s control, with no exceptions, according to the city.

The outdoor pool will still close for the season after Sunday. Humans can swim from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13.

See hours for lap swimming and more details about the aquatic center, 727 Kentucky St., on the city’s website at

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