City Council on Monday night gave an informal nod of confidence to the bark park supporters that they would build it this year.
“It certainly is a high priority to the (city's) Parks and Recreation Board members, a huge project to Tonya (Christiansen), and for all of her supporters and donors,” Grand Haven Special Project Manager Julie Beaton said.
There is $10,000 in the city’s budget for the park's construction. Christiansen, owner of Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa in downtown Grand Haven, has promised to match that amount through fundraising efforts.
Based on a preliminary sketch by landscape architect Pam Blough, the park would include three fenced-in areas: a gated entrance to unleash dogs, an area for small dogs and an area for large dogs.
Christiansen said more than $6,000 has already been raised for the fundraising match. She said that with council saying it would support the park, she can begin raising more funds for the project.
“We’re really excited,” she said Monday night. “The engines are starting.”
“For two-and-a-half years, she has had all kinds of fundraisers, and she is going when a lot of people might have thrown in the towel,” Beaton said.
Project planners have budgeted about $20,000 for park construction, based on the city's contribution and the fundraising match.
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