Progress in donation-backed dog park
Painesville residents, whether on two legs or four, are anticipating the city’s dog park being constructed along Hine Avenue at the city’s Rotary Park.
The 1.5-acre park’s funding is entirely dependent upon donations. One of its acres will be dedicated to larger dogs while the remaining half-acre will be designated for smaller breed dogs only.
Those that wish to take their furry friends for a frolic will first have to register with the Parks and Recreation Department. From there, they’ll receive an individualized fob which will allow access through the park’s entry gates.
Painesville’s Director of Recreation and Public Lands Michelle LaPuma said that the registration is done in order to ensure that the dogs which will be at the park “are licensed and have their shots.”
LaPuma feels the park is progressing satisfactorily. She is currently anticipating the installation of fencing, the next
“We changed the configuration of the park, the way we were going to lay it out.” — Painesville’s Director of Recreation and Public Lands Michelle LaPuma
projected step in the process, but may be forced into a waiting game.
At the mercy of resource allocation, LaPuma stated that the $10,000 raised from the Painesville Community Improvement Corporation is a welcome start but only gets them halfway towards the approximate
$20,000 that will be needed to complete installation of the fencing.
To reach these ends, the city is offering creative means for grassroot fundraising. Residents and local businesses are encouraged to make donations, and as tokens of appreciation, name plaques on benches and fencing will serve as lasting acknowledgements of their contributions.
The Parks and Recreation Department will also
be holding several fundraisers this year, like Aug. 24’s Bark for your Park and April’s Recreation Department fundraiser which will also see part of its proceeds going towards the park.
LaPuma was reluctant to offer a potential opening date with so many variables at play, but said that they are anticipating a late September opening if they remain on schedule to raise enough to afford the fencing that will need to be installed
before its grand opening.
Despite the enthusiastic response for the park at the recent State of the City address, LaPuma and other city officials are adamant that the park not interfere or upset the quality of residence for those that will be the park’s neighbors.
“We changed the configuration of the park, the way we were going to lay it out,” La Puma said.
The alteration was done as an effort to cause as little upheaval to the area as possible.
“We left everything, all the trees for buffering for the neighboring homes. We didn’t want to disturb anything. We also changed it so that we’re heading back more towards the high tension wires which is not heading towards residents.
“That works out best with drainage too. We had to destroy very little soil to make sure that we had good drainage. “
Those interested in donating to the park’s construction are encouraged to reach out Painesville’s Park and Recreation Department at 440-392-5905; 54 Mentor Ave.