The Oconee Veterans Park dog park is in need of improvements and although Oconee County took home a $25,000 grant for the project recently, a community survey wish list revealed the project will cost more like $35,000.
Oconee County finished second last year in a nationwide contest sponsored by PetSafe, according to an article in the Oconee Enterprise. Oconee took home a $25,000 grant for improvements to its dog park. But, the park is in need of water stations, fountains trees for shade, and more.
Due to the budget, Parks and Recreation has set a goal to collect an additional $10,000 from an upcoming dog walk.
The Dash for Dogs 5K is scheduled for Sunday, May 15 at Oconee Veterans Park. Race day registration begins at 1 p.m., a 2K fun walk starts at 2 p.m., and the 5K at 2:30 p.m., according to the article.
Walkers who want a T-shirt can pay $20 by May 2 or $25 after the race. Registration without the T-shirt is $15 by May 2 or $20 the day of the race. Go to active.com to register.
Sponsorship for the Dash for Dogs 5K are due by April 27. The available levels include “Fido favorite,” $200; “ball bouncer,” $125; and “belly rub love,” $50. The first two guarantee a logo across the back of the T-shirt. The latter sponsorship gets the name of the company or individual printed in alphabetical order, according to the article.
A concept design for the dog park enhancements was finalized and submitted to PetSafe last month an Athens Banner-Herald article reads.
When Oconee County learned it won the award, about 304 people provided the feedback for priorities for the dog park. The ABH reports construction is expected to begin in July.
The new design also includes improved parking and sidewalks leading to a centrally located shade structure and three fenced areas. Each area will house the water stations and concrete pads to avoid mud, according to the ABH article.
Leisure Services locations in Athens offer almost 20-acres of off-leash areas across the county. Memorial Park offers a wooded landscape, a meadow environment is available at Southeast Clarke Park, and a number of private dog parks are available for rent at Sandy Creek Park.
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