If you haven't already heard, the City of Lebanon has committed to creating a dog park for its four-legged residents. However, Mayor Philip Craighead and the city's dog park committee need your help to get the project going.
The dog park will be located on city property next to New Leash on Life on Jim Draper Boulevard. A community clean-up day has been scheduled for Saturday, May 28.
Craighead admitted that the vacant lot, which has been used for storage, was an "unsightly" area but is dedicated to fixing it up to improve quality of life for the citizens of Lebanon and their pets.
"The Pet Park is something the community has been asking for. We are trying to make it happen now," he said. So far the fencing has been taken down and dirt was laid for grass.
Craighead said the project doesn't have a definitive deadline, but that it depends a lot on community involvement and donations. Those who are interested can sign up for clean-up day during Bark in the Park on May 21 or simply show up at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. Donations are also accepted.
New Leash Director Angela Chapman, who is a member of the dog park committee, said the dog park will be unique in a number of ways. For starters, there will not be a breed ban. There will also be fenced areas for small breeds and large breeds.
"It will be a great place to animals to socialize," she said.
MJ Lucas, owner of "babies" Brewster and Truffles, will also be on the committee.
Craighead showed illustrations of what the park could look like - complete with water fixtures for animals to run through, covered areas for pet owners and more.
"Everybody has pets and loves them. You are also going to meet people from all over town and the county. That alone is a benefit."
So far, donations have been promised from Minchey's Landscaping, Home Depot, Lowes, Nutro and the Whip Crackin' Rodeo.