There will be plenty to do for anyone heading to Verdugo Park on Saturday, Oct. 12 with both the annual Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash – KIDS – and the Glendale Police Foundation K-9s in the Park events dominating the premises.
The duck splash has become a fixture in Glendale, the charitable event in which participants race their “adopted” rubber ducks for cash prizes, all while contributing to over 50 charities and non-profit organizations. Tens of thousands of ducks will race in “Lake Glendale,” a manmade structure that held around 17,000 ducks within its confines last year. The race will be split into six separate heats, with the six winners squaring off in a final race for the ultimate prize of $10,000.
While the duck splash occupies part of the park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., K-9s in the Park will be in progress from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to Elissa Glickman, Publicity chair for the duck splash, this will be the third year that the duck splash is partnering with the Glendale Police Dept. for the K-9s in the Park event.
Since the department began utilizing K-9s in 2005, the dogs have been used for locating missing people and tracking suspects, among other things.
Attendees can meet the K-9s Idol, Yudy and Branko. The three German shepherds will demonstrate how they work with police officers in the field, as well as how they might subdue fleeing or dangerous suspects with trainers in bite suits.
There will also be a host of activities, including a rock climbing wall, raffle prizes, face painting and more. There will be animal-related activities and services, such as a pet adoption fair, low cost vaccination for pets and micro-chipping.
Both events are free to the public.
Verdugo Park is located at 1621 Cañada Blvd. in Glendale near Glendale Community College.