Sign Dog Park Lease With Possible Construction In Spring
It's official. Lease documents signed by Jerry Hansen, left, president of TOP Dog Park, Inc., and Peshtigo Mayor Cathi Malke 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 give the non-profit dog park group the right to develop the city-owned property at N1643 Harbor Road in the Town of Peshtigo into a fenced-in dog park for recreational use by dogs and their owners.
Final tweaks to the lease, which provides use of the property to the dog park group for five years at no charge, were approved by Peshtigo City Council's Judiciary Committee at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and subsequently were approved by the dog park's board of directors.
The property involved is a 5-acre corner on the southeast edge of the Harbor Road property, opposite from the corner of the same city property that some years ago was being developed as a training school for blind child guide dogs, a project that never actually came to pass.
"We see a bright future for our dog park and feel it will benefit the entire community," declared Hansen, president of the private not-for-profit corporation that will be developing and operating the dog park. Hansen and his supporters have been working for nearly three years to get a dog part established somewhere in the Marinette/Menominee/Peshtigo area.
The next step will be developing final plans and construction cost estimates for the park where dogs will be able to run and play freely, without leashes, and still be protected from traffic and prevented from running away. Hansen does not expect actual construction to start until at least spring, but meanwhile fund raising efforts will continue.
While the construction budget is not complete, Hansen expects development cost to be in the $50,000 range. Improvements will include an off-road parking lot, benches, port-a-potties, and two fenced-in areas, a larger one roughly 2.53 acres, approximately 338 feet by 290 feet, and a smaller one, for smaller dogs and those that may not socialize as well. The fences alone could cost about $25,000. Annual memberships are encouraged, but there will be fee posts for day visitors as well. Ongoing expenses will include mandatory insurance, port-a-potty rental, and general care and maintenance.
"We need support from our community," Hansen said.
Th group has a good nucleus of support.In addition to Hansen, Executive Board members are Justine Raygo (vice chair), Lisa Martin (treasurer), Ralph Muccili, April Haubert, Ryan Raygo, Sue Cota and Chelsey Ehlers. Officers are elected at an annual meeting of all members each year. In addition to the 10-member Executive Board there are another 15 to 20 active members willing to help however they can, Hansen said.
Corporate and fund raising sponsors so far are Walmart, Stephenson National Bank, Mighty Pet, Lithocrafters, Marinette Farm & Garden, Burger King of Menominee, Bergie's Spoon Full of Sugar, Pizza Hut of Marinette, and American National Premium Dog Food.
Anyone wanting to help financially can mail contributions to TOP Dog Park, Inc., P.O. Box 203, Marinette, WI 54143, or bring to Nicolet National Bank. To volunteer call 715-330-9193.
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