Friends of dog park to hold benefit dinner

Posted Oct. 15, 2013, at 10:09 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Dog-lovers in the Bangor area will host a spaghetti dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the dog park site at Essex Woods on Watchmaker Street in

Bangor. Admission is by suggested donation of $5.

All of the items up for bid on will be donated by businesses in the Bangor area. In addition, Friends of the Bangor Dog Park merchandise, such as T-shirts and dog toys, will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Bangor Dog Park Phase II, which is close to completing its goal. Additional donations will be accepted.

Although use of city park land at Essex Woods has been approved by the City Council,

no taxpayer funds will be used to build the park.

The Friends of the Bangor Dog Park is an all-volunteer group of citizens working to raise awareness and support to pay for fencing, installation, site work and trash receptacles and other improvements.

In collaboration with Bangor Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of the Bangor Dog Park is working to establish and maintain a dog park that provides a safe place for dogs to

play and enjoy off-leash time with their owners and other dogs.

The Bangor Dog Park will be the only one to serve eastern Maine and the large Bangor metropolitan area.

An important goal of the Bangor Dog Park is to expand responsible use of, and recreation in, public spaces in the city. The partnership with Bangor Parks and Recreation makes the project’s benefits lasting and sustainable, dog park organizers said. Dog parks have been shown to improve economic vitality and the quality of life in surrounding communities as

well as for dogs and their owners.

In Maine, off-leash fenced dog parks have been established in Portland, Bath, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Augusta, and Belfast. The city of Belfast opened its Dog Park in 2008 using a similar process with a Friends group working with city government.

In addition to fundraising events, the Friends are seeking sponsorships from companies

and individuals.

More information is available at bangordogpark.org or on the Bangor Dog Park Facebook page. Volunteers are always welcome. The Bangor Dog Park volunteer committee meets at 6 p.m. every other Tuesday at The Bangor Parks and Recreation Building.

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