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Eureka Springs Dog Park Advisory Committee December 7, 2012

Proposal for Eureka Springs Dog Park


TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Summary…………………………………………3-4 II. Introduction……………………………………..5-6 III. Needs/Problems………………………………7-8 IV. Goals/Objectives……………………………9-10 V. Procedures/Scope of Work……………………11 VI. Timetable and Budget…………………………12 VII. Key Personnel…………………………………..13 VIII. Evaluation………………………………………13 XI. Endorsements…………………………………...13 X. Next Steps……………………………………14-15 APPENDICES: Letters of Endorsement……………………………16 AKC, Benefits of Dog Parks……………………17-19 Map of Dog Park……………………………………20

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I. Summary In cooperation with the non-profit Community Development Partnership of Western Carroll County (CDP) a small group of Eureka Springs’ citizens is taking the necessary steps to build a dog park in town. The Eureka Springs Dog Park Advisory Committee (ESDPAC) will build a dog park located within Harmon Park, a city park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation is donating this property for use for this purpose. Three separate areas totaling just over an acre will be safely fenced: a small dog area, a large dog area, and an events/training area. CDP’s mission, as a 501(c)(3), is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens and businesses by fostering community and economic development through community-wide vision and effective action. ESDPAC’s mission is to enhance the lives of our local dogs and those of our county's visitors by strengthening the bond between them and their pet parents and promoting responsible pet ownership by providing a fun and safe place for dogs to exercise, socialize, and train. ESDPAC supports our local animal shelter, Good Shepherd Humane Society (GSHS), by supplying a dedicated space for adoption events, fundraisers, and training.

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Also, once the park opens, a percentage of the donations for entry to the park will be given to GSHS. We are anticipating of budget of $27,000.00 for start-up costs and are requesting donations and sponsorships. We are also conducting fundraising activities. Glenna Booth, Treasurer of the CDP, will manage our funds. The budget would allow us to purchase fencing materials (volunteers will be installing the fencing), dog waste stations, water features, benches , and contribute to the construction of a suitable driveway to access the parking lot and grading (possibly adding add stairs/ramps) on the property.

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II. Introduction A 501(c)(3), the CDP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens and businesses by fostering community and economic development through community-wide vision and effective action. The mission of Eureka Springs Dog Park Advisory committee (ESDPAC) is to enhance the lives of our local dogs and those of our county's visitors by strengthening the bond between them and their pet parents and promoting responsible pet ownership by providing a fun and safe place for dogs to exercise, socialize, and train. ESDPAC supports our local animal shelter, Good Shepherd Humane Society (GSHS), by supplying a dedicated space for adoption events, fundraisers, and training. In addition, once the park opens, a percentage of the donations for entry to the park will be given to GSHS. Description: Dog parks have many benefits, such as being good for most ages and promoting health and well-being, and even people who do not have dogs can enjoy a dog park: according to Petfinder.com’s recent survey, more than 9 in 10 people who do not own pets would like to have one but can’t. Therefore, Eureka Springs Dog Park would provide a way for people who can’t have pets to have positive interaction with animals in our community. Besides the general benefits of a dog park, our dog park will advocate responsible pet ownership by demonstrating the importance of spaying/neutering and vaccines. Rules will be posted at the park entrances. According to dog experts Cesar Milan and Dr. Patricia McConnell (just to name two), most humane societies and shelters throughout the country, professionally trained pet store dog trainers from the likes of Petco and PetSmart, and many animal advocates, socialization is key to a dog’s development, well-being, confidence, and more. A dog park would provide an ideal opportunity for that socialization and also be an asset by stressing the importance

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of exercise; stimulated and friendly dogs make better neighbors and better pets, thereby reducing the number of pets in shelters. This is paramount in our community as our county only has one shelter! Our county, Carroll County, does not have a dog park: the closest dog park is a 45-minute drive one way (Rogers, AR). Since the property for this project is already available, we need funding for appropriate fencing materials (we have volunteers to install it), a new driveway entrance to the parking lot (as the existing access is not suitable in its current state), and pet waste stations. We will add pools, agility equipment and benches through additional fundraising, donations, and sponsorships. We are anticipating a budget of $27,000.00 for start-up costs. Eureka Springs Dog Park will be located within Harmon Park, a city park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Three separate areas totaling just over an acre will be safely fenced: a small dog area, a large dog area, and an events/training area. A memorial garden will be located within the park as well. Many residents will be able to walk to the park, but there is also on-site parking for those who would have to make the short commute. Donations will be collected for visits to the park. Volunteers will maintain the park. In our community a dog park would provide a platform and opportunity to educate community members with regards to not only the benefits of training, socialization and exercise, but also of local leash ordinances and licensing requirements. And since our county has an abundance of tourism, a dog park would help promote our community as dog-friendly and thereby increasing tourism and revenues for local business.

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III. Needs/Problems  Eureka Springs has needed a dog park for some time. Many people here own dogs and yard space is limited. Although we have a leash law, many dogs still run loose around town. Currently, there is nowhere to go to exercise dogs safely off leash. The closest dog park is in Rogers, AR, which makes it unfeasible for most people to go daily and makes for a half day trip on a weekend. 

Moreover, folks are letting their dogs loose at Leatherwood City Park, Black Bass Lake, and the Cemetery. Not only is this prohibited by laws and ordinances, it is unsafe for patrons of these areas and for the dogs as well. Permitting dogs to run loose into the forest , etc. without direct supervision can create many problems; one of which could be dog bites if a dog happens upon a startled person or child. Furthermore, it is questionable as to whether or not pet waste in these areas is being dealt with properly by dog owners. Also important, using these areas in this way interferes with others’ rights to enjoy these spaces for their intended purposes.

A dog park has been proposed in the past but lack of commitment and organization has caused the project to become stagnant. However, the ESDPAC has accomplished more and gained more ground than previous attempts; for example, we have been working closely with Parks and with the Historic District Commission and also recently held our first successful fundraiser. Evidence of our commitment is additionally found in our endorsements, consistent committee meetings, media saturation, and development of a design plan, budget and timeline.

The target population is Eureka Springs, Holiday Island, Berryville and surrounding area residents and tourists; they will

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benefit by having a safe place to exercise their dogs that does not interfere with others’ enjoyment of area public lands. 

We have volunteers who will conduct seminars (at the dog park and other local venues) and connect with local media sources to educate pet owners on responsible pet ownership: the importance of exercise, stimulation and socialization, safe places for exercise, spaying/neutering, vaccines, among other topics.

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IV. Goals/Objectives

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By having a dog park in Eureka Springs, we expect consistent growth in use of the Park, strengthening the dog/owner bond thereby we can anticipate the following:

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Dogs who visit the park will be more properly socialized and exercised, therefore reducing the amount of inappropriate barking and behavior, ultimately leading to less calls to and reliance on Animal Control/Police

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Many dogs are relinquished due to behavior problems; increased exercise and socialization decreases behavior problems so there will be less pets in our shelter

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Increased adoptions because people have somewhere to exercise and socialize their dogs

Pet owners will become even more responsible by ensuring pets are vaccinated and healthy

A decline in loose dogs in town because there will be somewhere to exercise them

Less misuse of public property

An increase in pet licensing and adherence to local leash laws

Increased tourism and revenues for the city because we are dog-friendly and visitors will know they have somewhere to take their dog(s) when they visit Eureka Springs and the surrounding area.

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V. Procedures/Scope of Work Since Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation has donated the property, the work would start with grading and possibly adding some steps/ramps to facilitate people traversing the terrain and construction of a suitable driveway to access the parking lot. Volunteers will install the fencing, pet waste stations, benches, and signage. Later phases will include the addition of enhancements for both people and their dogs such as agility equipment, pools, a pavilion/gazebo, and mulched trails.

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VI. Timetable and Budget We propose to open Eureka Springs Dog Park in May 2013. Our funds will be managed by Glenna Booth, Treasurer of the CDP. Officers of ESDPAC will approve expenditures and allocate funds for proposed work.

Description of Work

Phase One Phase Two

Start-up meetings, planning, meeting with appropriate agencies and municipalities, media exposure, fundraising, grant writing Grading, steps/ramps, ground clean up, continue fundraising

Start and End Dates

Aug 2012 -Feb 2013

Budget

N/A

Mid-late Feb 2013

$2,000$3,000

Phase Three

Fence installation, driveway construction, continue fundraising

Early-mid March 2013

$15,000$20,000

Phase Four

Install drinking fountains, waste stations, kiosk, memorial garden Advertising, Grand Opening

March/April 2013

$3,000$4,000 ($27,000 start-up)

Phase Five

Pool/s, agility equipment, gazebo/pavilion, mulched pathways

Ongoing maintenance and additions

$5,000$10,000

Other budget considerations: Funding from grants; donation of time and materials possible

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VII. Key Personnel  Eureka Springs Dog Park Advisory Committee (ESDPAC):Rachel Brix, Chair; Bill Rubley, Vice Chair; Jan Grinnell, Secretary; Members: Melissa Greene, Bob Jasinski, Patrick Lujan, Bill Freeland, Jeff Feldman, Tracellen Kelly, Ryan Brix, Glen Couvillion Laison: Parks & Recreation Director, Bruce Levine  Community Development Partnership (CDP): Bruce Levine, Chairperson; Members: Glenna Booth, Phil Jackson, Barbara Harmony, Sandy Martin, LeRoy Gorrell, Jack Moyer, Jerry Landrum, Cherie White  Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Department & Commission Bruce Levine, Director; Bill Featherstone, Chair; Daniel Jackson, Vice Chair; Ruth Hager, Secretary; Draxie Rogers, Treasurer; Commissioners: Rachel Brix, Myrna Thaxton

VIII. Evaluation Progress will be evaluated throughout the Phases at our semimonthly meetings to ensure we are on schedule and on budget, and if additional funds will be needed. Once ESDPAC is ready to open the park, evaluation will continue quarterly based on our Goals and Objectives. Feedback will be requested from Parks, the City, the Chamber and animal Control and the Police to ensure our goals are being met. Volunteers will continue to be recruited for seminars, promoting education and awareness and for help maintaining the park. ESDPAC will continue to work with Parks & Rec to ensure the park operates in a manner safe and pleasant for all patrons.

IX. Endorsements Mr. Bill Featherstone, Chairman, Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission

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Ms. Janice Durbin, Shelter Manager, Good Shepherd Humane Society Mr. Morris Pate, Mayor of Eureka Springs

X. Next Steps We are requesting monetary donations for this important project, and sincerely appreciate any support you can give. Your group or company may choose to make a one-time donation, or become a sponsor of the Park. In return and thanks for your donation, you, your group or your company will receive the following: Puppy Patron: donation in the amount of $100-$499; engraved brick commemorating a loved one (two or four-legged) to be placed in Memorial Garden 1 Paw Donor: donation in the amount of $500-$999; engraved brick commemorating a loved one (two or four-legged) to be placed in Memorial Garden; plaque with individual or company name affixed to a rock or fence picket 2 Paw Donor: donation in the amount of $1,000; engraved brick commemorating a loved one (two or four-legged) to be placed in Memorial Garden; bench in the park with a plaque engraved with individual or company name 3 Paw Donor: donation in the amount of $2,000 engraved brick commemorating a loved one (two or four-legged) to be placed in Memorial Garden; bench in the park with a plaque engraved with individual or company name; plaque with individual or company name affixed to a pet waste station; permanent recognition on kiosk 4 Paw Donor: donation in the amount of $3,000 or more; engraved brick commemorating a loved one (two or four-legged) to be placed in Memorial Garden; bench in the park with a plaque

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engraved with individual or company name; plaque with individual or company name affixed to water feature/fountain or pet waste station/receptacle; permanent recognition on kiosk; name of individual/s or company on rules signage Top Dog: Initial donation $5,000 and pledge of continued annual sponsorship (in the amount of your choosing) to help with improvements and enhancements, maintenance/repair needs; engraved brick commemorating a loved one (two or four-legged) to be placed in Memorial Garden; bench in the park with a plaque engraved with individual or company name; permanent recognition on kiosk; name of individual/s or company on rules signage; permanent name recognition on pool, agility equipment, or gazebo/pavilion

Since our group has 501 (c) (3) status, your donation would be tax deductible. Please make checks payable to Community Development Partnership, indicate your donation is for Eureka Springs Dog Park in the memo section, and mail to P.O. Box 131, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. We also would be happy to pick up your donation at your convenience: please contact Rachel Brix at 479.244.9151 or Bill Rubley at 479.253.2658.If you have any questions about the dog park or donations, please feel free to contact Rachel Brix or Bill Rubley at the above numbers. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

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Eureka Springs Dog Park Proposal