Be our guest: Working to create a permanent community dog park
By Friends of Scentrail Bark Community Park
We are a group of about 25 local residents and dog lovers who started meeting in September after the Tails n Trails Dog Park closed in Wisconsin Rapids. Our mission is to create a permanent community dog park in the Wisconsin Rapids area, and we have been hard at work toward that goal.
During the past five months we have worked with a local attorney to register our organization as a legal entity with the state and are now pursuing our federal status; and we have met with city, town and county leaders to discuss possible dog park locations. We have also elected a leadership team, drafted bylaws for our group, and started the process to become a nonprofit organization.
In the first half of 2020, we hope to be able to narrow down our location options and enter into the planning and fundraising stages for creation of a new park. Until a location is selected, we do not have a timeline for a future park to open. We have learned that this will not be a quick or easy process, but we are committed to making a new park a reality as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, our efforts to work with the city to create a temporary dog park site were unsuccessful. Questions arose about safety, parking, funding, and maintenance that could not be resolved, and we decided to shift all of our efforts to focus on creation of a permanent dog park.
If you have questions about our efforts, wish to be involved in the creation of a permanent dog park or know of available property in the Wisconsin Rapids area, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected].