For dog owners who are not aware…Gaylord will be sporting a brand new Dog Park next year!! Now you & your pooch can run and romp in a safe, enclosed area that is designed and built by dog lovers understanding the needs of pet owners.
The site, a 1.4-acre space located at 540 S. Illinois Ave., was formerly owned by the Department of Natural Resources. However, the park’s opening is dependent upon funding which has been coming in in many forms ~ one of which is through volunteers willing to donate their time, efforts, funding and volunteering on site once the warmer spring weather allows it.
Larry Edwards, represents a group of animal lovers and organizations, including Friends for Life and the Otsego County Animal Control Facility. According to Edwards, funds for the park are coming mostly from local businesses, community organizations and private citizens. Edwards praised store manager Patti Green and her team at Lowe’s, 600 Edelweiss Village Parkway. “Lowe’s donated the materials and labor for the fence and it’s all done,” Edwards said. “They did a great job.”
Otsego County Animal Control Director Melissa FitzGerald said the group is also applying for grants to help offset costs. “Our biggest hurdle now is getting water run from the building on the northwest side of the property,” FitzGerald said. Special four-function fountains that provide water so dogs may drink and wash and their owners may take a drink and fill water bottles are planned for the dog park and necessary for its opening.
Plans also include a pavilion, benches, trees, a walking path for people and their dogs, signs and dog waste bag dispensers.
Edwards said there has been a great deal of positive reaction from dog owners.
“The response has been just tremendous,” Edwards said. “I have been surprised by the interest. A lot of people visit dog parks in other areas and they can’t wait for one to open here. The dog park will bring people here.”
When completed, the dog park will be open from May 1 through Oct. 30 during daylight hours.
Edwards invited anyone who is interested in making a contribution (donate your time, supplies, monetary donations and / or manual labor) to the dog park to contact him at (989) 619-7272.