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