Always wanted to see your name in print? Love your friendly neighborhood dog park and can’t wait for it to have water fountains, a paved entry, small dog area and more?
We know that the timing isn’t good. In fact, it’s terrible! But here’s the thing: We have to make a final push to get the last $50,000 we need to complete Phase II now as the drawings are going out to bid. If we can’t raise the money by the time the contract is assigned, we will have to make half of the renovations now and the rest at a later date. This will be more expensive and more disruptive at the end of the day, so let’s get this done!
Our design has two benches in the small dog area and three in the large dog area. Each has a customizable plaque. So take this opportunity to commemorate a special occasion or to remember a special person or a special dog. Plus, you’ll be invited to an exclusive ceremony to dedicate your bench. Plaques can have up to 48 characters across four lines, so there’s room to go in on it with a friend too.
There are four ways to participate in this historic fundraising AUCTION
1. Sponsor a memorial bench outright: Two available for instant purchase 2. Bid on an honoree bench: Two available for bid 3. Purchase a share in our awesome community bench (only 60 spots! Grab yours now!!) 4. Click here and contribute what you can by using the green “donate” button on the upper right hand corner of the page
Thank you in advance for whatever you can do. Be safe and be well.
A big doggo thank you to Alderman Rossana Rodriguez and Alderman Matt Martin for their support of the dog park. With their help, we were able to send the final construction plans to the Chicago Park District. The estimated cost of completion of the dog park is $250,000 which includes: a water fountain, paved entryway, small dog area, water feature for cooling, turf play fields, benches, and landscaping among other improvements.
We have already raised $185,000 and are hoping to add $25,000 through the Participatory Budgeting process–so again, please vote! http://tinyurl.com/vote4dogs In addition, we plan on raising $30,000 more from offering honoree benches–stay tuned for exciting details!! and the remainder of the funding will come from generous donations from people like you. Please help make 2020 the year the dog park gets done. Here’s to no more mud!
If you live in the ward and are 14+ years, you can get a ballot by clicking here: https//:tinyurl.com/vote4dogs. It takes 1 minute out of your day, please help💚💙🐾 You may also vote in person at the 33rd Ward Office: 3001 W. Irving Park Rd. Office: 773-840-7880 for hours and deets.
So, How close are we to being fully funded? We are within striking distance, and the $25K from the Participatory Budgeting vote will get us that much closer. In round numbers, here’s what we’re looking at:
Estimated Cost of Completion: $250K
Funds Committed: $185K
Amount Needed to put Project out to Bid: $65K (if we get the $25K from the Participatory Budget Process, this goes down to $40K)
Please Note: We will not have final costs until the project is put out to bid. The project can not be put out to bid until we have raised the estimated amount of the project. As such, costs are always subject to change. However, we wanted to ensure that we are being as transparent as possible, so that you, our neighbors, friends and supporters can see how much has been accomplished and how close we are to goal. Let’s get this park finished in 2020!!
Our Annual Online Auction starts on Sunday, September 15th and runs through Sunday, September 22nd. There are things for dogs, things for kids, things for sports fans, things for foodies, things that would make great gifts and things you just won’t be able to give away.
We also have lots of gift certificates to our favorite local businesses who will appreciate your support as well. This is one of the most fun ways to give to the dog park because you get to take something home too!
For a sneak preview before we go live with bidding, go to https://www.32auctions.com/dogpark2019 but know that more excellent items are being added as you read this! Bidding starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Good luck!