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Off-leash dog parks on city's agenda

But some funding help is needed, so a canine event will help dog lovers unite


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sarah Richardson of Sandy tries to calm her dogs Ranger and Bella in Sandy Bluff Park on Monday. The dogs enthusiasm was heightened when they first touched the ground. Nearby holding Lexi and Spinnley is Mitchell Clemson of Brightwood. Sandy Bluff Park is one of two locations for future off-leash dog parks.All you dog lovers unite. It’s time for action. Off-leash dog parks are in the works; in fact, two such dog parks will be fenced in Sandy as soon as enough funds are raised to pay for the fence.

The first fundraiser is called “Bark for the Park,” and is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Meinig Park gazebo.

The community event will include several canine demonstrations such as agility, obedience and rally. In addition to several vendors with canine products or services such as beds, training assistance and jewelry, dog walks will begin at 10 a.m. The walks will be either 2 kilometers or 5 kilometers in length.

Registration is now open for the event. A registration fee of $25 per dog and $15 for each additional dog includes admission to all events and a goodie bag with giveaways, including a custom-made dog collar. Late registrant’s fee, on the day of the event, is $30.

Community Services Director Nancy Enabnit suggests entering your pooch in the costume contest. The grand prize for this event is a pet-tracking GPS system. Stop by the “America’s Next Top Mongrel” photo area for a snapshot memory of your four-legged pet’s special day.

Two-legged participants can enjoy coffee, donuts, hot dogs, popcorn and a variety of beverages. T-shirts are available for purchase by special order.

A fundraiser is needed, Enabnit said, because there isn’t enough city money to pay for the fencing. That funding would come from the fees developers pay to buy land and build park facilities for the people who eventually will move into the homes they build.

But there haven’t been very many homes built in the past few years, so there hasn’t been much money collected to build or upgrade parks.

The goal of this fundraiser is to gain enough funding to buy fencing materials for Meinig Park and Sandy Bluff Park.

For this fundraiser, Enabnit recognized the assistance offered by Top Dog sponsors Barlow Trail Veterinary Clinic and the Craven family.

For more information or to become a sponsor or donate to the cause of off-leash areas in city parks, call event coordinator Sarah Richardson at 503-489-2150 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..