2018-05-16 / News

Benefit to raise money for Lapeer Dog Park

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — Efforts to construct a dog park in Lapeer are continuing next month with the first ever “Help Let the Dogs Out” Dog Walk. Scheduled for Saturday, June 23, the fundraising event kicks off at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

The event, hosted by Lapeer Crossfit and the Friends of Lapeer Dog Park fundraising group, aims to provide an opportunity for furry friends to get out and about in town, all in support of the proposed Lapeer Dog Park.

Cost for preregistering for the event is $20, which covers the entry fee for the dog and its owner to participate in the walk. Tickets for day-of registration is $25, while registrants signed up by June 1 are eligible to receive a shirt commemorating the event for $30.

In addition to the walk, which completes a circuit that begins and ends at Lapeer Crossfit at 865 Whitney Drive, the groups will be offering lunch on site as well as a pet item market and a visit from Sparky the Robotic Firefighter.

Last year, plans were announced to construct a dog park in Lapeer’s Rotary Park, and since then, the funds have been trickling in, slowly but steadily, to make it happen.

In June of 2017, members of the public were invited to a presentation and question and answer session with Lapeer Parks and Recreation Director Rodney Church, the topic of which was the practicality and logistics of making a dog park in Lapeer a reality. A committee was formed in April of 2016, and this committee, of which Church is a member, toured other area dog parks before announcing the project to the public at Lapeer Days last year.

Since the announcement last June, a Dog Park Fundraising Committee was formed with the challenge to source the funds needed to make a dog park in Lapeer a reality. Comprised of members of the public and city officials, the committee has held fundraising events throughout the last year.

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