Dog park fundraising group organizes

About 30 people got together this week to begin exploring ways to raise funds for two public, fenced dog parks in Kenosha County.

One of the proposed parks would be located at the unnamed county park sometimes referred to as KD or west end park. The park is the site of a former gravel pit on Highway KD in Wheatland and Randall and is still being developed. The dog park would be located on the far south side of the property.

This cartoon dog was adopted as the mascot of the committee raising funds for two public fenced dog parks in Kenosha County.

The other dog park is planned for a site in Petrifying Springs County Park in Somers.

County Executive Jim Kreuser has pledged $25,000 from money the county receives from the Pheasant Run Landfill for development of the parks if another $25,000 is raised by the public.

Supporters of the parks met Tuesday at the Kenosha County Center in Bristol to brainstorm fundraising ideas under the guidance of county Supervisor Mark Modory, county general manager of park operations Jonathon Rudie, assistant to the county executive Jennie Tunkieicz and Tedi Winnett from the county’s UW-Extension Service office.

“There were a lot of good ideas,” Rudie said. “They were there because they want to be there. They want dog parks.”

One idea was to hold a contest with an entry fee for naming the group’s newly adopted mascot, a cartoon dog. Members also agreed to set-up collection jars and solicit donations in other ways.

It was also suggested the group make contact with others who have created dog parks for advice, Rudie said.

Here Modory shares some ideas for dog park activities:

The group has scheduled three addtional meetings. They will be:

  • Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m., Kenosha County Center, Highways 45 and 50, Bristol.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., Kenosha County Center, Highways 45 and 50, Bristol.
  • April 13 at 6:30 p.m., Kenosha County Center, Highways 45 and 50, Bristol.

A form for making a donation to the cause is available here.


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