Race to Raise Funds

The Wheeling Dog Park will be participating in the Amazing Raise Ohio Valley on MAY 5TH.  This online giving event lasts ONE DAY ONLY starting at 12:00 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m.

Together we can build it!

Join us on this national day of giving.  With a minimum donation of $10 you be a part of canine history (at least in the Ohio Valley). All funds go towards the construction of the valley’s first dog park.

Why should you give that day?

Bonus funds and prize challenges will be awarded to the nonprofits hitting certain marks…which means greater
contributions to the valley’s dog park.  No matter how big or small, your donation can help us win additional funds.  The sooner we get the funds needed, the sooner your pups can frolic freely!

So what do we need you to do? Amazing Raise logo

REMIND yourself to donate on May 5th.  Have an alert go off on your phone or place sticky notes all over your house.

Spread the Word and tell all of your family and friends to donate on that day.  Better yet, organize a donation collection at your office or among your friends and donate the funds on behalf of your group.

Go Online and make your donation.

Fundraising Campaign Kickoff

The Wheeling Dog Park Association kicked-off its 2015 fundraising campaign on April 8th. The association presented the preliminary development plans for the park, overcall costs and funding needs, and a tentative development timeframe. To date, the association has raised nearly $45,000 towards the park’s construction, including the $25,000 won during the PetSafe dog park contest and $10,000 from the Ohio County Commission, with an additional $8,000 in pledges.

At present, earth work has begun at the site. Current development of the park is estimated at $150,000, which includes excavation, fencing, landscaping and amenities such as benches, signage, and waste and water stations. Given the abundant size of the park, fencing accounts for 44 percent of overall costs. The dog park will be divided into two section, 1.35 acres for a larger dog (above 30 lbs.) section and .65 acres for small dogs (under 30 lbs.). Each section will have a crush-and-run walking trail and its own water and waste stations. Local engineer Mike Kerns has donated time drawing out the development plans.

“Costs are on par with other dog parks in the state. Huntington, West Virginia, raised nearly $190,000 (including their $100,000 PetSafe win) for the Ritter Park dog park, utilizing $133,000 for phase one development in 2011,” stated committee member Donnie Patterson.

The Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley serves as fiscal sponsor for the Wheeling Dog Park Association and is processing all donation requests. Donors giving at various levels will be acknowledged on recognition panels at the dog park’s entrance or through brick pavers or benches depending on the amount given. The association is willing to offer naming rights as well.

During the event, the association also unveiled artist’s renderings of the park offering dog lovers a glimpse into how the park will look once completed. Phil Cole donated time creating the images, which showcase the extended parking lot and double-gate entry into the dog park.

A supporter of the dog park, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP hosted the event and has graciously contributed to the park’s funding, serving as one of the first local, corporate benefactors.

“Orrick is proud to be one of the initial sponsors of the first dog park located in the Ohio Valley. We truly believe that amenities such as a dog park add tremendous value to building a better, more vibrant community,” state Will Turani, Director of Operation for Orrick’s Global Operations Center.

The Wheeling Dog Park Association anticipates the grand opening of the park for later this summer.

Check out media coverage of our campaign at WTRF.

How Can You Help?

Two ways you can donate:

  1. Hold your donations for the Amazing Raise day, May 5th, and donate online as part of a great day of giving
  2. Visit our donation page, where you can send a check or donate online

And feel free to reach out to us, wheelingdogpark@gmail.com

real dog Wheelinv City Council with dogs Jeremy Presentation 2

County Commission Awards Funds

The Ohio County Commission has awarded $10,000 toward the construction of the Ohio Valley’s first off leash dog park! In doing so, the commission recognizes the importance of having such a facility located in Ohio County. The committee spearheading the effort is more than grateful for this huge boost toward the goal of $150,000. Thank you, to the Commissioners, for your support!

We are now at 1/3 of our funding goal!

The weather is breaking and work should begin soon to get our park open. A media event, postponed due to weather, has been rescheduled and opportunities to contribute will soon be available!

Tonight’s Event Postponed

The event scheduled for this evening has been postponed and will be rescheduled soon.  We are very excited about the development plans and will have more information in the near future.

Thank you all for your support!  Together we can build this!!

dog park City sign

Dog Park Finds Home at Tunnel Green Recreation Complex

The Wheeling Dog Park Association and the City of Wheeling are pleased to announce they have determined a location for the dog park. After many months of searching for a suitable site, Wheeling’s first dog park will be located at the Tunnel Green Recreation Complex.

The Tunnel Green Recreation Complex is an established City recreational area that offers sites for recreational baseball and roller hockey. The dog park will be developed on the wooded lot south of the existing ball field and roller hockey rink and will become part of the City of Wheeling’s park system. The site has vehicular access from 18th Street and pedestrian access from the trail, along with adequate parking.

“It has been a long process in locating a suitable site for the park, but we are thrilled with the location and the acreage available at Tunnel Green,” said Jeremy Morris, founder of the Dog Park Association.

Currently in the design phase, the dog park will use more than a two-acre portion of the Complex. A local engineer is donating time and expertise in the design of the park. An estimated cost for park construction will be determined during this phase.

The park will be fully fenced and include separate pens for small dogs (up to 30 lbs) and large dogs (more than 30 lbs), water, waste receptacles, and seating. The Wheeling Dog Park Association is in the process of developing rules and regulations for the park to ensure the safety of pets and owners.

“The City is excited about the future dog park, and we are committed to providing City resources to support the design, construction, and maintenance of the park,” confirmed Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron.

A year ago, Wheeling won $25,000 as a finalist in the Pet Safe Bark for Your Park competition. These funds remain unused and are available until 2016 for construction of Wheeling’s dog park.

The Wheeling Dog Park Association anticipates the grand opening of the park in Spring/Summer 2015. Opportunities to donate and volunteer will be announced soon.

Bark for Your Park

The Wheeling Dog Park Association continues to be overwhelmed by the support of our community.  We do want to note that though the 2014 Bark for Your Park has started, we are not eligible for the contest since we won the Medium City prize last year.

we wonThanks to your wonderful efforts, we were able to secure $25,000 toward the construction of the first dog park in the Ohio Valley.  And while we work out the logistics, we will continue to have dog park events and strengthen our pooch-loving community.  So, do not forget to join us May 31st at the Schrader Environmental Education Center at Oglebay Park at 10 a.m. for a group dog walk sponsored by Raymond James Financial Services.

As always, we thank you for your support.  And yes, together, we can build it!

UPDATE to May Events

The May 3 Dog Wash has been CANCELLED.

See everyone on May 31 at the Dog Walk at the Oglebay Schrader Environmental Center!

 

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