Dear Editor:
    I am part of the Bark for a Park dog park committee in Fayetteville. We have been working with the City of Fayetteville for over a year to bring a dog park to Fayetteville. The city has a five-acre site on North Eastern Blvd. for our use but it needs enclosing. Our group has been tasked with raising funds for the fencing. The Parks and Recreation Department will maintain the park once it is operational. We have raised about one-third of the estimated $30,000 needed for fencing and have built community support for the project. People all over the county are straining at the leashes for this to become a reality!
     I live near Haymount and can certainly understand the desire to have a dog park near enough to walk to, such as the one Keith Phillips (April 23-29 edition) envisions at Rowan Park. However, the city’s chosen location across from the Cape Fear Botanical Garden would serve even those across the river.
     We would welcome the support of the dog lovers who want a dog park at Rowan Park. With your energy, we could bring a good-sized dog park to Fayetteville even sooner. We think that once we get one park open, there will be much demand for others in other parts of the county, perhaps even in existing city/county parks.           

{mosimage} The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society is supporting us, enabling use of their 501C3 nonprofit status for tax-deductible donations. Please join our efforts by calling us at 484-6619 or by mailing a check to FAPS, P.O. Box 58195, Fayetteville, NC 28305. Write “dog park” on the memo line of your check.
Judy Stoddard 

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