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    dog park ideas

    My little-ish town of 27,000 is planning a much needed dog park. It will serve not only my town but a few others nearby within a 30min drive. The land, permits and most of the major tasks are finished but there is still some more things like fencing, benches, etc......... money, money, money.

    I'm looking for some fundraising ideas. Does anyone have any success stories. With such a small population and with money being tight..........help.

    Any ideas are appreciated!
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    Re: dog park ideas

    You could have a bake sale and sell homemade dog treats! Or you could sell hand-decorated t-shirts and buttons that say things like "I helped build (such and such) dog park!" or something like that. Maybe even little bandanas that say the same thing that people could put on their pets. You could also make dog-themed cakes and have a cake auction.


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    Re: dog park ideas

    Have a big doggy fun day. I've always had this dorky dream of running one. Find a company or building, whatever, that will allow you to use their property. Have a small fee at the door complete with a raffle. Free human and doggy treats. Contests are amazing. Such as longest stay, cutest trick, cutest dog, most creative trick, etc. Be imaginative. Have fun.

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    Maybe wrap some dog treats in a bandana that says something about the park. The doggy day sounds like a lot of fun. Not a dorky dream at all.

    I just pictured a dog(s) on a small stage with a sign that contains a list of all of the tricks the dog can do. Maybe in front of a busy mall or something. People could pay to see a trick or two. And have the treats and things there for sale, too.

    Thank you for the ideas. You've really helped get us started!

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    Re: dog park ideas

    My city already has a few dog parks, but that sounds like such a fun thing to be involved with Good luck!


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    Re: dog park ideas

    HAve a dog wash. Ask local groomers to donate time and do doggie baths and the proceeds go to the dog park.



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    Re: dog park ideas

    you could do a dog walk for the park!!
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    Re: dog park ideas

    I don't have any specific fundraising ideas, but from my experience with non-profit organizations, but the single most important thing you need is a formal, written budget. Start itemizing exactly what you need for the park, in order of priority, and estimate the maintenance costs. This will give you a baseline fundraising target.

    I would also suggest that, in your first year, you keep the budget as spartan as possible. Cash is never as abundant as you expect. Your absolute bare necessities are a secure fence with a double-gate, a tool shed, and some trash cans. Everything else is a luxury. Don't forget to include the cost of trash pickups as part of the upkeep costs.

    It's tough to strike the right balance (you want enough amenities to encourage patrons willing to contribute, but you need enough cash left over to cover maintenance), particularly in the first year, but I'm a firm believer in erring on the side of too much cash. You can always spend more later, but you can't always raise more cash if you hit a shortfall.
    Last edited by Independent George; 09-16-2009 at 02:43 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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