Off-leash dog parks on city's agenda
But some funding help is needed, so a canine event will help dog lovers unite
All you dog lovers unite. Its 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 registrants 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 Americas Next Top Mongrel photo area for a snapshot memory of your four-legged pets 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 isnt 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 havent been very many homes built in the past few years, so there hasnt 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 email@example.com.Add a comment