Dog park opens; city government works!

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Last week, workers from Caron Fence in Faribault put up the outer, removable fence for the new dog park in Babcock Park next to the rodeo grounds on Hwy. 3. The weekend prior, volunteers from the group, Canines at Play, dug the holes and installed the poles for the permanent fence along the back of the park.

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I drove by the park earlier today and took these photos of Bruce Wiskus and his two kids giving their dog a workout. Click photos to enlarge.

This whole project is a good example of citizen/government collaboration and how stuff can get done quickly even here in discuss-it-to-death Northfield. The City’s Park and Recreation department has contributed the land. Canines at Play‘s financial contributors (yes, anyone can still donate/sponsor) are paying for the fencing and miscellaneous materials. Volunteers are doing the labor.

Kudos #1 to the Park & Rec Advisory Board of Grace Clark, Margaret Colangelo, Dennis Easley, Daniel Hudson, Spencer Jones, Julie Pritchard, Richard Vanasek.

Kudos #2 to Joel Walinski, Director of Operations for the City and City Councillor Jim Pokorney. Both serve on the Advisory Board.

Kudos #3 to the CAP steering committee members, Beth Bergmans, Irene Dennison, Rick and Maria Estenson, Blair Fowler, Amy Gage, Denise Johnson, Daniel Jones, Sara Koehler, Rich Lorang, Bart de Maglione, Nan Shumway, and Patricia Wegner.

Kudos #4 to the Northfield Rotary Club who stepped in at the last minute to assist in the necessary insurance needed during the construction phase.



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    December 19, 2006

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