Downtown Dog Park Wins $25,000 Grant
But a substantial amount of fundraising remains to develop park.
An effort to build a large downtown dog park received a boost Thursday.
PetSafe announced that the proposed park was one of the top five vote-getters in an online Bark for Your Park contest and will receive a $25,000 grant.
The park would be built on state-owned land at 103 W. Clybourn St. overlooking the Milwaukee River. Plans call for a 12,000-square-foot dog run with separated small and large dog areas and irrigated, synthetic turf. Much of the park would be built under Interstate 794.
Organizers aim to raise $750,000 to bring the dog park to fruition. The city is contributing $200,000 in incremental property tax revenue from an adjacent tax incremental financing district to pay for a new Milwaukee RiverWalk segment that will border the park. Additional sponsors are also being sought.
A fundraising campaign was launched in mid-August to raise additional capital. A variety of donation levels are available, from Benji ($10) to Beethoven ($2,500). Some funding levels include perks ranging from a t-shirt to an engraved plaque at the future park.
Voting in the PetSafe contest closed August 31. The other $25,000 grant winners are Binghamton, NY, Carbondale, IL, Creston, IA and Newport, NH. Five existing parks won $5,000 grants: Fenton, MI, Horsham, PA, Hudson, NY, Lihue, HI and Tyler, TX.
The lifestyle pet product brand runs the contest annually.
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