MARTINSVILLE – What started as a Girls Scout Gold Award Project for one Morgan County 4-Her has become a community-wide partnership to give dogs and their humans a place to exercise and socialize.
Mackensi Schneider has recruited the help of the Morgan County Canine Crusaders 4-H Dog Club and the Morgan County Jr. Leaders to make some significant upgrades to the Jimmy Nash City Park in Martinsville.
A YES Grant from the Indiana 4-H Foundation is helping make that dream a reality.
Schneider plans include adding an agility course, dog water fountain, new benches, landscaping, and drainage improvements to the already fenced dog park area.
“This would strengthen the community by providing a great place (for dog owners) to socialize and bond not only with their dog but with other dog owners in the community,” Schneider said.
With the money raised from a benefit dinner in July and funds donated from community members, civic organizations, and businesses, Schneider and her 4-H helpers have now raised enough money to purchase the agility equipment from a local fabricator for installation in the fall.
She plans to continue fundraising for landscaping, benches, and better drainage. She envisions the dog park as not just a place where people can exercise their dogs but as a location for adoption clinics and an extra spot for 4-H dog members to practice for the dog show.
Information: Indiana 4-H Foundation