Goshen News Article (2/19/2016)

GOSHEN NEWS

— A hangout for local canines remains be on track as fundraising efforts to build a new dog park in Goshen continue.

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Since 2012, Goshen resident Joe Mehl has headed the push for the Goshen Bark Park project initiative.

“We are down to getting the money,” Mehl said, after receiving support for the park and getting approval for use of land from city officials.

An ideal location for the future park has been identified as a vacant plot near Oakridge Cemetery along west Wilden and north Indiana avenues, Mehl said.

“The city has no plans for it and has been maintained by the city,” Mehl said. “It wouldn’t increase any type of revenue for the city.”

Mehl said the Goshen Bark Park will be a fenced-in, off-leash dog park that would be used by members who would have access to the park by a key fob system or a pin-code entry system.

The cost of the park is estimated at $18,000, which includes fencing and the entry system.

“We want to provide an area for dogs to meet and greet other dogs,” Mehl said. “We don’t want to create a negative environment and if a dog is aggressive or having a bad day, they will be told to leave the park. A lot of research has been done in the first two years about dog parks.”

A proposal has been made to have three separate fenced-in areas within the dog park — a larger area for all dogs and two smaller areas for senior dogs and small dogs.

And Pet Supplies Plus has offered to donate a lifetime supply of dog poop bags for use at the dog park, Mehl said.

“Members would pay an annual fee between $25 to $75 and have to provide up-to-date veterinarian records of their pets in order to join,” he said. “It’s to protect the other dogs and humans, too. It’ll be a nice amenity for people with dogs to have a safe area for them.”

t-shirtBesides starting a marketing campaign and building a new website, Mehl has been busy working with local businesses to help promote and get apparel (which isn’t available yet) sold online, attending local pet-related events and encouraging supporters to donate online.

“People can go to our website — goshenbarkpark.com — and make a donation online,” Mehl said. “A gift account with the City of Goshen has been set up and donations can be made in person or by mail. All donations, past, present and future are tax deductible.”

Two upcoming fundraisers are in the planning stages with details still being worked out, he said.

pet-festThe first one will be a Tails on Trails event along one of the trails in Goshen that will be coordinated with the Goshen Parks & Recreation Department. Registered participants will get a T-shirt and be encouraged to bring their dogs. A formal summer event with a silent auction is being planned with all the proceeds going directly to the dog park.

For more information visit the Goshen Bark Park website at http://goshenbarkpark.com or their Facebook page — GoshenBarkPark.

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