Pal's Park is the vision of 6-year-old York City resident, Holden Feeser, who would like a park near her home to play with her Great Dane, Brutus.
Pal’s Park would create an off-leash dog recreation area on a ~1-acre parcel of the York County Heritage Rail Trail. This section has been selected because it is the home to a bronze statue of Pal, a German Shepherd.
The statue of Pal was created to honor York County native Arthur Glatfelter Jr., a savvy entrepreneur who started an insurance company and made many contributions to the community.
The story of Glatfelter and his dog started in 1942. During World War II, the then teenage Glatfelter decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. With no one to care for his dog, he anxiously brought the beloved pet with him to the military base. To his surprise, Pal was welcomed and, with training, put into service as a scout in a Marine war dog platoon. Eventually, the two were sent on different missions in the South Pacific and separated. But in 1946 they were reunited and honorably discharged. Glatfelter and Pal spent many more happy years together.
Sixty years after their military service, the bronze sculpture of Glatfelter’s dog Pal was unveiled during a Veterans Day program.
The Pal’s Park plan includes:
•Approximately 1 acre of grass area within the park and, contingent upon funding, artificial turf
•An information kiosk in a location TBD to be used for posting of park rules and regulations, education opportunities, events, and notices.
•Benches to be distributed throughout the park.
•ADA-accessible graded and surfaced paths throughout the park.
•Drinking fountains and wash stations.
•Separate use area for small breed/puppy and large breed dogs.
•Trash receptacles and waste disposal stations.