Dog Park Group Se­lects Po­ten­tial Site

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An ad hoc group of River­bank’s cit­i­zens has been form­ing re­cently, meet­ing from time to time at City Hall and dis­cussing op­tions for build­ing a dog park fa­cil­ity in town.

At its most re­cent meet­ing, last Satur­day, the group nar­rowed the pos­si­bil­i­ties to one, which it was will­ing to rec­om­mend to the city.

Also, the group voted to or­ga­nize more for­mally, elect­ing a chair to head the meet­ings. Monique Withrow was cho­sen to head up the group.

The com­mit­tee dis­cussed de­tails of the po­ten­tial site that could be lo­cated on the River­bank In­dus­trial Com­plex site, in the north end, near some runoff ponds that are there.

Tom Dowdy, Parks and Fa­cil­i­ties Main­te­nance Su­per- vi­sor, stand­ing in for Parks Di­rec­tor Sue Fitz­patrick, pointed out that the area would need to be fenced off, which would have to be part of the park development.

The group also dis­cussed the po­ten­tial for rais­ing funds for the project, in­clud­ing grants and dona­tions, and what it would take to be­come a 501(c)3 non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Dowdy vol­un­teered that any­one with in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the group or need­ing more in­for­ma­tion could con­tact his of­fice at 863-7123.

Look in this week’s Liv­ing Sec­tion of The News for fea­tures on the ex­ist­ing dog parks in the re­gion and in­for­ma­tion on ad­di­tional com­mu­ni­ties propos­ing them.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

A newly-formed com­mit­tee meets in City Hall to dis­cuss pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions to place a dog park for the cit­i­zens of River­bank. Sev­eral po­ten­tial sites were dis­cussed, with the most in­ex­pen­sive fa­vored by the group.

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