Wiggly Park Opens First
Off-Leash Dog Park in Monroe, WA
July 19, 2008
yelps and barks, Monroe
opened the first off leash
park for four footed furry friends who love to run without a leash.
And, for those owners who love to throw balls and Frisbees there is
plenty of room. The three-acre dog playground
opened Saturday after a flurry of activity from local and MuttShack
volunteers to complete all in time for opening day.
Last Saturday 25 volunteers worked on
construction of Wiggly Field from 9:00am to 3:00pm. They had two fence
construction crews, a painting crew, a crew repairing the agility
equipment and another crew spreading wood chips.
The Mayor of Monroe
with David Friedman of MuttShack at the MuttShack Booth.
"All of the help was tremendous as we made a lot
of progress" said the organizers. "The Monroe Rotary Club supplied
cold drinks and pizza for the volunteers. We had a lot of fun on a
really warm day!"
city of Monroe raised about $5,000 in donations from the community to
prepare the site. Volunteers also pitched in, creating the off-leash
area, the first such designated spot for dogs within city limits.
Fence and Water Stations are still needed
will continue to make improvements and plan events, with your support
and others in our community" said Denise
Jacobsen, administrative assistant for the city's parks and recreation
"Our parks and recreation
staff will put up wire mesh along the wood fence within the next two
weeks to contain wandering dogs. Our next highest priority is to raise
funds to purchase a drinking fountain and pipe for permanent water to
Wiggly Field. In the interim, please bring water for your dogs. The
fundraising goal for the dog drinking fountain and pipe materials is
$2,000. Please help us spread that word too." she added.
MuttShack Animal Rescue
Volunteers helped prepare the ground for what became a gorgeous park.
Twenty-five volunteers worked on a recent
Saturday, putting up fences, preparing the agility equipment and
spreading wood chips.
The project didn't cost the city any money. The city is still
seeking additional donations to create a water fountain for dogs and to
build a message board.
See Photos of Work Party