July 11, 2013
After a meeting with the City last week, we've seen some great things start to happen at the park. The City is coordinating with us to pick up the garbage in a way that makes it safe for everyone concerned. They've fixed the fence posts that came off the poles and straightened sections that needed alignment. They've also filled in the washed out area at the small dog enclosure and have put crusher dust down to fill in the depressions in the enclosures that gather water. They've also marked areas of the fence where depressions need to be filled in to stop dogs from escaping.
On the volunteer front, the perennials are almost all weeded, and volunteers helped to pick up some bigger rocks in the enclosures. There's still more work to be done, so if you want to help out, send your name and contact information to email@example.com. We're currently building a volunteer email distribution list that will be used to inform volunteers of different activities being planned at the park.
July 10, 2013
We'd like to remind people that the small dog enclosure is for small dogs, and not large dogs. We understand that people with mobility issues find it difficult to get to the large dog park, and we're working with the City to create accessible parking at the large dog park. In the meantime, however, please remember that there are many small dogs that are afraid of larger dogs. We don't want to discourage them from using the small dog park as it was created specifically for them.
Users have reported that they often find many larger dogs in the small dog enclosure and don't enter the park because they don't want to risk their dogs. If you have a small dog and find large dogs in the small dog enclosure, you have the right to ask their owners to remove them. Users who refuse to follow the by-laws or etiquette rules of the park can be warned and banned by the City Please respect all users of the park! If you have a large dog, use the large dog enclosure.
July 4, 2013
We've had a few volunteers help us with park cleanup over the past few days. Some hardy souls have braved the hot weather to start weeding the overgrown perennials along the walkway leading to the large dog enclosure. We also picked up some of the bigger rocks, cement and asphalt chunks in the larger dog park. The park maintenance tools donated by Home Depot came in handy! Tomorrow (July 5) is the last day this week for park cleanup - between 2-4. We'll continue doing some weeding on Monday, July 8 between 6 - 8 pm and hope to finish the job then. If you can help out for a few hours, it would be much appreciated!
In news from the City, the City started expanding the lower parking lot today, which will double the parking capacity at the park. Work should be finished today. We also hear from the City that lighting has been approved to be installed at the park, and that this should happen soon. We met with Cindy Dent, Manager of Recreation, today and we are currently planning to move forward with a number of priorities, including grading/filling some of the depressions in the enclosures that collect water as well as the washed-out areas along the fencing. Stay tuned as more good things are planned!
And... our picnic tables donated by Home Depot got their last coat of paint today, so we expect them to be delivered very soon! Since human food is not permitted in the dog enclosures, the picnic tables will be permanently located outside the enclosures, as they are meant to provide park users and their families with a place to sit with small children and eat. We'll temporarily locate them inside the enclosures to provide seating until additional seating is provided there.
July 1, 2013
Happy Canada Day!
We hear through the grapevine that Home Depot is painting our picnic tables! Look for them soon - they will be bright orange!
We are also looking for volunteers to help with general cleanup at the park this coming week. We will be weeding and mulching the flower beds along the walkway to the large dog park - in fact some of it is already started! We'll also start to take out some of the debris in the enclosures. If you're weeding, bring a trowel or shovel.
Definitely gloves too.
We're looking for help on:
Wednesday, July 3 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday July 4 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Friday July 5 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
June 29, 2013
We're going to be looking for volunteers next week to help do some park cleanup. We will be taking some of the debris - rocks, alsphalt, cement, bricks - out of the enclosures and leveling areas where water accumulates. Plans are to do this next Wednesday through Friday. We'll be asking volunteers to help pick up the smaller debris and wheelbarrow it out to an area where the City will pick it up for disposal.
Next Monday, a few plant lovers will be getting together to weed and mulch the bushes along the walkway by the small dog enclosure. Anyone who wants to help is welcome!
Also, we picked up some donations from Home Depot yesterday - the first of many of them to come. A few rakes and shovels for plant maintenance, a wheelbarrow, and some mulch are now in our possession.
June 24, 2013
Exciting news! Home Depot will be working with us to enhance the dog park. Expect picnic tables soon, and more! Details will be posted soon.