The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will host the grand opening and dedication of the new Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 705 Raymond St., located behind the Bell Channelside Apartment.
The family-friendly event will include kids' activities such as a toddler sea horse dry slide, an octopus play land, a bounce house and Connect Four game.
Situated underneath the Selmon Expressway, fur babies will be able to test out the new dog park in the comfort of shade.
There will be plenty of room for dogs of all sizes to socialize, with separate play areas for small and large dogs.
They also installed top of the line canine turf, which is safer for puppy paws and requires less maintenance.
Other elements include agility training equipment like dog tunnels, water fountains with built-in pet bowls and large bench-style seating throughout the park.
Kotfila was the deputy killed on the Selmon Expressway after putting his cruiser in the path of a wrong-way driver to save a motorist.
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority learned of the strong bond between Deputy Kotfila and his German Shepherd, Dexter and decided to build the dog park in remembrance of the deputy.
The park also serves as a way to honor his service and sacrifice to the community.
The dedication with remarks will take place at 9:30 a.m.
Giveaways at the event include portable dog bowls, treats and photos.
The City of Tampa will maintain the dog park.
For more information, tampa-xway.com/deputy-kotfila-memorial-dog-park.