City dog park could open in May

PLYMOUTH — A dream for many Plymouth dog owners could come true as early as May, according to information from “Bow-Wow Friends” group member Gwen Calvert. The group’s plan is to build a public dog park near the tennis courts at Centennial Park.
“We are currently in the fundraising stage, looking to raise the money to get the fence up,” said Calvert.
The cost for the fence is $18,000, but the money is well on the way to being raised thanks to an anonymous donor who offered to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Calvert said that about $12,000 had been raised so far.
The dog park will cover an area about the size of a football field. There will be an entryway, a separate area for small or shy pooches, and then a larger area for big dogs to run. Calvert said that dog owners will register their pets at the park office for a small fee, and receive a pass to get into the dog park. That way if there are any problems, the park department will be able to determine who was in the area at the time of the disturbance.
Although the fence is needed to open the dog park, Calvert said that she and other group members would also like to include play equipment for the dogs, water fountains, and some trees. The group will seek sponsorship from veterinarians and the businesses for these items. Eventually, benches may also be placed around the perimeter of the dog park so non-dog owners could observe the activities inside. To raise money, the Bow-Wow Friends will be at the Farmer’s Market May 26, selling dog toys made by Boys and Girls Club students, and homemade dog treats.
Individuals who donate $200 or more will have the opportunity to personalize a dog bone-shaped stone that will be placed in front of the dog park. Donations should be sent to the City of Plymouth, 1660 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. With questions, call 574-936-2876.