Plans for Burton Dog Park coming along

BURTON — Since it was announced several months ago, a proposed Burton Dog Park has been in the planning stages and things are set to become official in the weeks ahead.

The Burton Zoning Board of Appeals will review the rezoning request by Our Risen Lord Church, 4040 Lapeer Rd., to have their property be able to host the dog park at the July 16 meeting.

The dog park will be discussed at 5 p.m. Burton residents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on the dog park.

Organizer Kris Johns said also on July 31, there will be a Spaghetti Fundraiser for the Burton Dog Park hosted by the Burton Dog Park at Our Risen Lord Lutheran Church and Genesee County Commission Ellen Ellenburg.

The dinner will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Burton Eagles #3814, 3317 E. Bristol Rd., in Burton. All proceeds will go toward the dog park.

They will be selling family packs of spaghetti, salad and rolls for $25 and individual dinners for $10. The goal, said Johns, is to sell 50 family packs and 50 individual dinners. Dinners include spaghetti, salad and rolls. Family packs have enough food to feed five people.

All of the food was donated by State Senator Jim Ananich, said Johns, adding that Ellenburg will be making her “super-secret” spaghetti sauce.

“There will be a short event before dinner,” said Johns, who was also instrumental in the creation of the Grand Blanc Dog Park. “Sheriff (Chris) Swanson will tell a couple of stories about his experience with K9 officers. There will be a K9 officer demonstration and a member of Disc Dogs of Michigan will show off the talents of a frisbee dog.”

The dog park effort is also receiving support from sponsors that include the support of Burton businesses: Ace-Saginaw Paving Co will donate six tons of RAP (recycled asphalt product) to the park for use in the walkway and park entrance. M&M Pavement Marking donated four barrels to be used for waste control.

Two residents donated chain-link fence for use in the park, said Johns. The fence is in good condition and will be used for the park.

“Their donation saves our effort hundreds of dollars,” said Johns.

Once the Burton Dog Park is approved by the ZBA, Friends of the Burton Dog Park will begin a campaign to raise the remaining funds, he said, adding the park has received two grants that will be released once the ZBA gives its approval to the plan.

Residents who are unable to attend the meeting can share their input by writing a letter to the City Clerk. The address for City Hall is 4303 S. Center Road, Burton.