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July 22, 2007

Dog park dedicated in honor of groomer Judy Rains

The city of Richmond dedicated the new “dog park” section of its Lake Reba recreation complex Saturday to the memory of a Richmond dog groomer who perished in the August 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191.

Judy Rains, the owner of K-9 Design, and her fiance Brian Byrd, were headed to a Caribbean island for their wedding and honeymoon when they died in the crash.

“I am so pleased that the city is dedicating to Judy’s memory a section of Lake Reba that is devoted to dogs,” said Kathy Trimble, a friend and business partner of Rains. “Judy loved dogs so much,” said Trimble, as she held a 4-month-old English bulldog pup. Trimble and Rains were partners in a dog breeding venture.

Trimble re-opened Rains’ grooming business in December. “Before Judy left, she said, ‘If anything happens to me, I want you to keep my business going,’” Trimble said. Most of Rains’ clientele have returned, she said.

The city already had plans to build a dog park at Lake Reba when the idea arose to name it for Rains, said Mayor Connie Lawson. “We had named a ball field for Brian Byrd, and I thought it would be fitting to name our dog park for Judy Rains.”

The dog park is at the intersection between the Adventure Falls miniature golf course and the Lake Reba children’s playground.

The dog park is fenced with two double-door entries. A picnic table sits under a shade tree near a water fountain designed for both human and K-9 drinkers.

A mailbox by the table contains an assortment of dog toys.

The city wants to continue adding multiple uses to the Lake Reba complex, the mayor said. “I want this park to have something for each and every citizen to enjoy. That is what a regional park such as Lake Reba should be.”

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