The Newton Dog Park Project met with the City Commission and Staff again today. We were excited to see some Newton Dog Park Project task force members, Newton Rotary Representatives, and Caring Hands Humane Society there to discuss and support the dog park. If you were there, thank you! I know these are difficult meetings to attend because they tend to happen during work hours.
City Commission asked Staff to move forward on the bidding process for the fence! Until this point, we have only worked with estimates. We are up, up, and away! The Commission asked the NDPP to commit to an initial $30,000 raised for them to move forward in constructing the dog park’s fence. With pledges from community organizations and our supporters, we currently have $22,000 raised and need an additional $8,000 to build the fence.
Ideally, we would like to raise this before our next meeting with the commission in mid-May. If you are interested in contributing a tax-deductible donation to the dog park, you can do so on the Newton Dog Park website or by sending a donation to Caring Hands Humane Society (1400 SE 3rd, Newton, KS 67114). If you send or drop off a check, please be sure to include “Newton Dog Park” in the memo line so that it goes to the correct fund.
We were thrilled to hear City Staff introduce the idea that they could absorb certain amenities into their current budget. This included trees, trash cans in addition to those already at the park, doggy pots (for bags and disposal of poop), and the water line necessary for drinking fountains. Initially the Newton Dog Park Project was taking the full estimate for all amenities into account for our fundraising needs, but this will reduce our budget by about $28,000. We will still need to raise funds for several amenities after the fence, including benches, tables, shade structures, water fountains, and dog agility equipment. The total cost for those amenities may change, but looks to be around $25,000 and we will continue fundraising after the fence has been funded so that we can have those amenities!
We continued to discuss fundraising opportunities for the park, including a plaque to recognize our supporters and any naming rights. The tenor of the commission and staff was that both of these would be doable. Hopefully a couple meetings in May will solidify these and we will be able to pass on information related to both.
All things said, we are well on our way! Thanks for your continued support! To help us reach our initial commitment of $30,000 to raise the fence, please consider donating.