Thanks to grassroots efforts of local citizens, and the Waukesha County Park System, an official Dog Exercise Area is on the horizon at Waukesha County’s Mukwonago Park, County Hwy LO, in Mukwonago.
The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use has $50,000 in the 2013 parks operational budget, for this project but needs an additional $25,000 from private-fundraising to contribute to development of the Dog Exercise Area. Based upon previous experience in the building of Dog Exercise Areas, costs have ranged from $50,000 to $100,000, depending upon necessary changes needed in the park. However, the proposed project area takes advantage of an existing, under-utilized picnic area, park roadway, parking area, gentle slopes, and shade trees, thereby minimizing development costs. Once the $25,000 is raised work on the area can begin.
This past September, the community and their four-legged friends, were invited to attend a “Meet & Greet” at Mukwonago Park. Attendees got to see the proposed maps, ask questions, and bring suggestions to the county. County Executive, Dan Vrakas, highlighted the benefits of having a place for dogs and their people to meet. He talked about the success of the County’s other two dog exercise areas located inside Minooka Park and Nashotah Park. “Our current parks’ dog exercise areas provide our residents, visitors, and their canine companions with another wonderful recreational opportunity,” stated Vrakas.
The September “Meet and Greet” was also the official kick off of the fundraising efforts. Fundraising volunteers are working with businesses to set up events to spread the word and raise funds. Everyone is welcome, and encouraged to help with fundraising efforts. Flyers can be obtained by messaging the “Dog Exercise Area at Mukwonago Park” Facebook page, and maps of the proposed exercise area can be seen at End of the Leash, 214C S Rochester Street in Mukwonago, and at the PyraMax Bank in Mukwonago.
The Facebook page is the best place to catch up on the latest fundraising efforts and events. And the next fundraising event is Mukwonago’s Annual Midnight Magic Event on Saturday, December 1st. Clifford the Big Red Dog will help promote fundraising by walking in the parade and there will be an information table set up at End of the Leash where volunteers can answer questions and accept donations.
Donation recognition will be displayed on park signage within the Dog Exercise Area, based on the following tiers: Bonze – $250.00 | Silver – $500.00 | Gold – $750.00 | Platinum $1000.00
You can drop off or send your donation to:
PyraMax Bank: http://www.pyramaxbank.com/branchlocations/mukwonago/405 River Crest Court, Mukwonago, WI 53149, (262)363-3021, or either End of the Leash location 214C S Rochester Street in Mukwonago or theirnewest location at 115 W Wisconsin Avenue in Pewaukee.
For more information about Minooka Park and Nashotah Park Dog Exercise Areas please visit the website at http://www.waukeshacountyparks.com.