New fencing comes after year of D.O.G. fundraising efforts

After a year of fundraising, the group behind Scappoose's dog park has seen their plans to erect permanent fencing around the off-leash area come to fruition.

The fencing was installed last week, replacing a temporary orange plastic mesh that had identified the north end of Veterans Park as a place where dogs can play and run freely.

The Scappoose Dog Owners Group, or D.O.G. as they call themselves, have been working to raise money since the dog park became official in 2010. The goal of the park is to give local dog owners a place where their canines can exercise without causing problems for other park users. Before the Scappoose off-leash area was established, some dog owners said they had to make regular treks to a similar park in Hillsboro.

'They just did a fabulous job,' Scappoose City Manager Jon Hanken said about the group's fundraising efforts. 'They met us more than halfway and that's important.'

An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be planned for this spring. The non-profit Dog Owners Group says its next plans are to raise money to bring in benches, a water source and beautification projects.

For more information visit the Scappoose Off-Leash Park page on Facebook.

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