The McPherson Dog Park Association is hosting a fundraiser Saturday at Wall Park.
The Wag and Walk or Run event will begin at 2 p.m. and will include one, two and three-mile routes.
The cost is $20 per person, and can be mailed to the McPherson Dog Park Association, P.O. Box 1302, McPherson, KS 67460. Forty to fifty individuals already have signed up.
Those who pre-register will receive a T-shirt and a doggie bag dispenser. Both will have the Wag and Walk or Run logo on them. The dispensers hook onto leashes and will include a roll of refillable bags.
“It’s a chance for people to come together and create a good community of fellow animal lovers and people that support the McPherson Dog Park,” said McPherson Dog Park Association president Traci Parrish.
The association has had at least a dozen fundraisers in the last year, and the group has almost reached its $25,000 goal. One of those was a Halloween-themed event where owner and pets dressed up in costumes.
Maureen Ensminger of McPherson attended this event and said she made several friends there.
“It was just really neat to see all the different dogs and their owners,” she said. “Everybody was having such a good time. We all have common interests, and that was one of the things I enjoyed about it.”
Ensminger plans on bringing her two rat terriers, Poppy and Lili, to Saturday’s event.
“I’m looking forward to the different dogs and breeds and how they interact, which is always very well that I’ve noticed,” she said.
The non-profit Dog Park Association hopes to build the park entirely through donations. Several years ago, the city received a $25,000 anonymous donation toward the building of a dog park. City officials estimate construction will cost a total of $40,000 to $50,000.
When it is built, the McPherson Dog Park will be on land owned by the city southwest of Avenue A and Centennial Drive. This area is currently agriculture land.
A graphic on the dog park’s Facebook pages details three sections within the park, including a large breed section, a small breed section and an agility playground.
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