Melvin Murry Dog Park was established in 2020 as part of Spring Hill’s newest park, Veterans Park.
The dog park features acres of fenced-in area for dogs to run and socialize. Dogs must be current on vaccinations. Melvin Murry Dog Park is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.
- Owners are legally responsible for the behavior of their dog(s) at all times
- Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the dog park
- Dog waste must be cleaned up immediately
- Owners must be in the dog park and supervising their dog(s) with leash readily available
- Handlers must be at least 16 years of age
- Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times
- Aggressive dogs must be removed immediately
Prohibited items include dog/human food or treats, glass containers, dogs in heat, aggressive dogs, sick dogs and puppies (four months and under).
A pioneer in fire
Melvin Murry Dog Park is named after longtime Spring Hill Fire Chief Melvin Murry, who died in 2014. Melvin Murry was a volunteer fireman with Spring Hill from 1972 to 1977 and then became Spring Hill’s first paid fire chief from 1977 to 1989. Murry rocketed the Spring Hill Fire Department into the modern era by building a new fire station (then located at 100 W. Nichols St.), replacing the entire fleet of fire vehicles, protecting 156 square miles of fire service area, created a dive and rescue team, Civil Defense as well as a Junior Fire Department. Melvin Murry implemented safety measures and equipment in the fire department. He was also a framer of the first mutual aid compact in the area and grew the department to more than 50 paid firefighters and volunteers combined. He served as Spring Hill fire chief, rural fire chief, Civil Defense executive officer, rescue squad chief and director of the junior fire department all at the same time.
In 1991, the Spring Hill Fire Department was merged with the Aubry Fire Department to become South Johnson County Volunteer Fire and Rescue, later absorbed by Johnson County Fire District No. 2. In 2002, a new fire station was built in its current location, 20500 W. 207th St. where Johnson County Fire District No. 2 still serves Spring Hill residents today.