SCITUATE DOG PARK
It’s been a very busy summer trying to bridge the gap between our grants, current fundraising dollars, and the cost of the bids for construction of the park. We are forever grateful to all of our Friends who continue to support us through the ups and downs of getting the Scituate Dog Park built. Whether we’re collecting at the Transfer Station or in our booth at Heritage Days, so many of you stop by to say hello, inquire about the status of the park, and to donate. Your continued support keeps us going. Thank you!
We’re looking forward to our 2nd Annual Howl-oween Fundraiser this October 20th at The Barker Tavern. Thanks to Scituate’s own, Amity Noble of Dogs Go Hiking, this event will feature South Shore favorite, The Aldous Collins Band! If you haven’t heard of them, check out the August edition of South Shore Living or, better yet, come see them at our event. You won’t be disappointed.
Putting on this event wouldn’t be possible without the hard-working, enthusiast team of volunteers that joined our Fundraising Committee this spring. To date, they have brought in Gold Sponsor, Driftway Animal Hospital; Silver Sponsor, Arthur and Susan Dauwer; and Bronze Sponsor, The Village Market; plus countless raffle and auction items that are sure to bring in big biscuits (err, I mean, bucks). If you or your business would like to be a Sponsor for this event, please visit our Sponsorship page for more information or contact Lisa Huffman at 781-556-5373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, we are thrilled to welcome our new Secretary, Susan Dauwer. Sue got involved with the Fundraiser last year and provided some wonderful gift baskets and a fantastic design sense when it came to decorating The Barker. We are so glad she’s now become a permanent member of our team.
Enjoy these fleeting Dog Days of Summer and we look forward to seeing you at the Howl-oween Fundraiser. Please visit our Events page to order your tickets.
The bids for construction of the Dog Park came in much higher than we anticipated. Despite the grants we have received and all of your generous donations, we still do not have enough money to cover construction of the Dog Park at this time. We have been working with the Town and the Stanton Foundation (which is providing the bulk of our funding) to make sure all of the requirements of the Stanton Foundation Grant are met. The delay in construction enables us to open up more opportunities to local businesses (in the form of Sponsorships) and to plan more exciting Fundraising events. Details of the Sponsorship Campaign will come in the following weeks.
We have also had changes to the leadership of the Board which we feel will provide more transparency and better communication overall. The Board also welcomed a new Treasurer, Scituate resident (and dog owner), Dan Joyce. We have a vacancy open for the position of Secretary. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Huffman (781-470-9589). In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support and are hopeful that we’ll have good news to share soon.
Final construction funding application has been sent to the Stanton Foundation, pending approval. Bids will be accepted very soon, please monitor bid postings in the Scituate Mariner in the near weeks.
Site Plan and architectural design have been approved by the Conservation Commission and also by the Planning Board. This is what we've been working towards, and waiting for! This is also the key part of the permitting process and then bidding. This now gives us what we need to submit for final construction grant funding. Thanks to Architect Justin Lamoureux, P.E. of Horsley Witten Group and the entire Town Engineering department (Sean McCarthy).
Surveys are complete. The architects and civil engineers are now drafting the plan to send to the Stanton Foundation. We expect to break ground sometime in January, then approximately 3 weeks of excavation and construction. Stay tuned for more updates!
Please join us for the Scituate Dog Park Howl-oween Fundraiser which will be held at The Barker Tavern on October 21, 2017
to celebrate the opening of the Scituate Dog Park. The evening will feature a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, dancing,
live entertainment from Scituate's own Doc Ellis Band, photo booth, premier raffles, and dessert.
The first official dog park for Scituate and the South Shore, met with voting approval at the Scituate Town Hall meeting on April 27th. Design, location, concept, grant funding and now community of Scituate residents, approved. Construction begins this summer.
Special thanks to Adrienne Rowles, Britain Davis, Courtney Jones, Lisa Huffman, Kim Darian Stewart, Andrew Boyle, Susannah Green,
Dennis Moran, Greg Morse, Rob Dockendorf, John McGlaughlin, Laura Harbottle, Sandy Johnson,
all the town officials and staff, and the CPC committee.
Friends of Scituate Dog Park applied for and was subsequently approved for non-profit 501(c)(3) status through the IRS and with the state of Massachusetts. There are several tax benefits that come along with the 501(c)(3) status. The most important of these benefits is for you — all your donations to help bring a dog park to Scituate are tax-deductible!
Friends of the Scituate Dog Park EIN: 81-5272021