Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 9, 2014

For the dogs: March benefit to raise funds for off-leash park

The Andover Townsman

---- — Mark your calendars now: A fundraiser has been planned for March 8 to raise money for the Andover Dog Park.

As last reported in the Townsman, supporters of the dog park need to raise about $50,000, which will be handed over to the town to hire a contractor to build the park.

The town has donated about a half-acre of land near Bald Hill Conservation Trails as space for the dog park. Volunteers have cleared it, but now dog park supporters need someone to prepare the site, build a fence and parking lot, and put up whatever other amenities are called for in the final design.

The fundraiser will be held at Andover Country Club from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and will include a silent auction, appetizers and drinks, and entertainment. Tickets are $50 and are available at River Road Veterinary Hospital, Groom Town Boutique & Spa, Blue Dog Academy, Learning Express and Cakes by Design.

According to the group’s website, the Andover Dog Park will be an area of 0.6 acres for dogs to run and play off leash. The aim is to preserve the natural features and rolling terrain of the land. A couple trees, including a large white oak tree in the center, will be kept to provide shade.

The area will be completely fenced in and will include a double gate at the entrance to ensure safety. Organizers say they want to provide a safe, fun area for dogs to play and owners to mingle. The project was started several years ago and now a new group of private citizens has come together and is working with town officials to see the project to completion. The estimated budget of $55,000 for the park will be privately funded through a variety of fundraising efforts.

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