BURTON — In just 60 days, the Friends of the Burton Dog Park were able to raise their goal of $10,000 to build a dog park, the Burton Fire Department contributing the final $500 to the fund.
The Friends of the Burton Dog Park held a press conference Sept. 3 to announce the conclusion of their fundraising effort and to declare the park will be complete and ready to open Oct. 3 – just 30 days from now.
Kris Johns, a member of the Friends of the Burton Dog Park, said the park will be built on the grounds of the Our Risen Lord Lutheran Church, 4040 Lapeer Rd., which has offered to host the community dog park.
“The excitement today is we’ve met our fundraising goal and we’re very thankful to the Burton Fire Department for giving us the last amount of money we needed to reach our goal,” said Johns. “So, with that, we’ve raised all the money we need to build the park and we’re going to be building a dog park and having a grand opening on Oct. 3.”
He said the group raised more than $10,000 in a combination of grants, gifts and donation of materials and services.
“There’s been an outpouring of interest,” said Johns. “People love their dogs and they want somewhere to take them. This is just an awesome opportunity.”
Burton firefighters Josh Mather and Doug Hedrick presented Johns with the final $500 in cash and checks collected by firefighters.
“It is an honor to be able to make the final donation needed to build the Burton Dog Park,” said Mather, a firefighter at Station #2. “Life as a firefighter is very stressful. We (Burton Fire Department firefighters) are looking forward to taking our dogs to the park for some time to unwind after a busy shift.”
The project started in January, but didn’t receive city council approval until June, which is when Johns said fundraising efforts began.
Raising $10,000 in just 60 days was something he said was an amazing experience and shows there’s support for a dog park in Burton.
“The support is out there, there’s a real interest,” said Johns.
Pastor Susan Lidums, of the Our Risen Lord Lutheran Church, said the church views it’s resources as God-given, there for the sake of the community.
“We had this property and the opportunity to make it available to our community,” said Lidums. “It’s a good place for a wellness thing that celebrates life for all people and creatures. So, we’re happy to do it. It’s a good resource we can share with others.”
Anyone interested with the dog park project should contact Johns at 810-348-4437 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The grand opening ceremony for the Burton Dog Park will be held Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. at Our Risen Lord Lutheran Church, 4040 Lapeer Rd., Burton. Attendees will receive a gift bag provided by Magoo’s Pet Outlet.