A Labrador-mix from Westchester County, N.Y., named Oaky came all the way to New Milford Saturday to take part in the ribbon-cutting for the town's new dog park.

The out-of-towner was one of the dozens of dogs attending with their owners.

His master's father-in-law, retired Rabbi Harvey Tattelbaum, had won the contest to name the park and Oaky wanted to be on hand for the big day, his master, Gordon Schnell, said.

"Oaky's so excited. He's been barking about this all week," Mr. Schnell said, with a smile. "I think Harvey was inspired by Oaky when he came up with the park's name."

Candlewoof! Park, located on property long owned by Kimberly-Clark, opened officially Saturday at 10 a.m.

The debut was the culmination of two years of work by a dedicated group of dog owners, and made possible by the generosity of New Milford residents and businesses, said Lori Sartwell, president of the New Milford Dog Park Committee.

The one-acre parcel was donated to the town by Kimberly-Clark, which sits just to the south of the park along Pickett District Road.

"Everybody in the organization has pets, many have dogs," said Sharon Gill, a nurse at the Kimberly-Clark mill, who attended the ribbon cutting with her "mutt," Ziggy. "This was a good thing to do for the community and Kimberly-Clark is a very community-oriented company,"

The property is relatively flat, so it is accessible to large, as well as small, dogs and to owners with limited mobility. There are two fenced areas: one for both large and small dogs and one for just little dogs.

The donations paying for the fence were made in memory of New Milford resident Norman Terry by his family.

"Certainly New Milford has always needed a place for dogs and their families to come where dogs could be off leash," Frances Terry said.

"We were happy to do the fencing on this wonderful property," she added. "We hope every dog owner and dog will come to use it."