Five Flags Center running weekly indoor dog park, aligning with city pet-friendly initiative

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) - The Five Flags Center in Dubuque is opening its doors with a different form of entertainment; during the winter months, staff members are shifting their attention to visitors with four legs instead of two.

Five Flags Center in Dubuque is hosting "Wags at the Flags" every Wednesday evening, in an effort to provide pets a place to go in the winter months. (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG)

They call it "Wags at the Flags," a pop-up dog park they open once a week. Dogs take advantage of the indoor facility to play, run, and explore the space. Organizers said it was a good way to take advantage of a time in the week that is typically slow.

General Manager of the Five Flags Center H.R. Cook said they average about 100-150 dogs per night, and the event allows them bring in money for the facility and raise money for the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

"We looked at our schedule [and] we noticed Wednesdays weren't very busy," Cook said. "We said, 'Why don't we utilize our slow nights and do an indoor park?' We host circuses. We do monster trucks. We do concerts. What are a few dogs?"

Wags at the Flags takes place every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. through the beginning of March. Admission is $4 per dog, and half of that money goes to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.