LINDSBORG — Good things come to those who wait.
That is the hope of the Lindsborg Dog Park Committee, whose members are pushing to raise funds for the construction of a dog park for the city’s residents and visitors to use.
A dog rodeo will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 22 at the dog park site, next to the Lindsborg Recycling Center at the intersection of East McPherson and South Kansas streets.
The event, which is open to the public and dogs on leashes, will feature dog agility demonstrations, a hot dog supper and the opportunity to buy dog-related items in support of the planned park.
Lindsborg donated the land on which the dog park will be built. After soliciting suggestions for possible names for the new dog park from the public, “Scentral Bark” was the winner.
Lindsborg Mayor Becky Anderson, who is a member of the Lindsborg Dog Park Committee, praised the efforts of her fellow volunteers.
“This is a great group of people,” Anderson said.
The committee recently submitted an application for a $25,000 grant from PetSafe, but even if they are awarded those funds, additional money will be needed to put all the necessary pieces in place for the dog park.
Lindsborg Dog Park Committee Co-chair, Elaine Schmidt, estimated it will take around $40,000 to create two separate areas in the park for large and small dogs — and put to up fencing and gates, install shade structures, place benches, add a parking area and lay pipes for water fountains.
Lindsborg has a sizable dog population.
“We have about 600 dogs running around that we have licensed,” Schmidt said.
When dog owners in Lindsborg want to let their pets exercise without a leash, they have to drive to a larger city.
“We all go to McPherson and Salina, which is not very convenient,” Schmidt said.
With the addition of other dogs accompanying tourists who visit Lindsborg, the committee members think there is a definite need for a dog park in Lindsborg.
“Predominantly, your dogs need to be socialized,” Schmidt said. “They need to learn how to be around other dogs and be OK with it.”
That is why Lindsborg Dog Park Committee members are working to make up keychains, T-shirts, dog bandannas and other items that people can purchase to raise money for the facility and start construction as soon as possible.
“We hope to have enough of it done by fall so that we can actually use it this year,” Schmidt said.
For more information about Scentral Bark, go to the Lindsborg Dog Park Team’s Facebook page.
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