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Pet Expo, fundraisers successful start to funding dog park

April 26, 2011

Pictured from left, Emily Croy, 9, Middlebury, with her miniature poodle Cubby; and Chloe Newman, 8, Nappanee, with her miniature poodle Bella. Photos by Merrie Chapman

NAPPANEE — It was “Raining Cats and Dogs” in Nappanee April 9. That was the theme for the April “Embrace Second Saturday” events, and it succeeded in bringing in visitors from in and outside of Nappanee to raise a remarkable $1,800 in funding for a proposed dog park on the city’s east side.
Organizers were very pleased with donations, which total an estimated $3,000 when combined with already gathered support for the project.
Still more fundraisers are in the works to help raise the $40,000 needed to construct the designed canine park.
Both a small and large dog area will be featured in the new facility designed to entertain canines. There will be water fountains for both animals and their human escorts. Benches will be available for owners to rest on while the dogs play together around fire hydrants and other related props.
The new dog park will be located just west of N. Oakland Ave./C.R. 7, at the entrance to McCormick Creek Golf Course and the Nappanee Nature Center.
To make donations, or learn more about the project, call Nappanee City Hall, 574-773-2112.

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