Sun, Jan. 26

1 acre OK'd for dog park
Fund-raiser to be held May 26

The Cottonwood City Council Tuesday approved setting aside one acre of land at Riverfront Park for a permanent dog park facility.

The Cottonwood Riverfront Dog Park Association is waiting to receive staked-out actual dimensions so they can get accurate bids for fencing, irrigation systems and cement.

According to dog park organizers, "Then, once we collect either cash or material or labor donations that are sufficient to complete the project we can begin construction."

Currently, dog owners are taking their pets to the ball field behind City Hall -- a site being used as a temporary dog park.

According to a communication from City Manager Brian Mickelsen, "Local residents and dog park supporters have been pursuing the creation of a permanent facility in Cottonwood. ... The group has moved ahead and filed the paperwork to form a 501(c)3 corporation. In the meantime, they have associated with an existing 501(c)3 to allow them to begin collecting cash donations. ... The parks and recreation department was generally supportive of the concept of a 1-acre set-aside for a potential dog park at Riverfront Park."

The group will hold a fund-raiser on May 26 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Wal-Mart to raise money for the proposed facility. Dog pedicures will be available for $10, with half the proceeds going to the dog park effort.

According to the group, Wal-Mart is going to match all received funds up to $1,000.

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