After years of struggle to secure a plot of land, the Marietta Community Dog Park was granted access by City Council to the deserted Jackson Park in fall 2011.
A year later, the Dog Park – constructed completely by volunteers – is close to completion.
WMOA News interviewed a few on-site volunteers yesterday, including the Marietta Lowe’s human resources manager Julian Stryker, with Lowe’s Heroes.
“The Lowe’s Heroes is an annual project with the intent to, every year, select a local community project where we solicit employee volunteers to help give back to the community,” explains Stryker.
He adds that about ten Lowe’s employees have volunteered their time and physical labor throughout the summer. “The experience has actually been pretty good. For a lot of us, this is new, but we’ve all been chipping in – it’s teamwork at its best – everyone’s adding in their bit of expertise and even those with very little are willing to lend a helping hand.”
Local resident and volunteer John Kidd says the park will bring together those with a mutual interest. “I remember when the swimming pool opened (at Jackson Park) and how busy it used to get up here, and it was sad to see it turn into a place that was not being utilized,” says Kidd, “But I think the people in Marietta, once they discover this, Cisler’s (Drive) is going to be a busy little road.”
Dog Park organizer Teresa Hayes says she’s hoping to form a core group of volunteers to do general maintenance once the dog park opens, including mowing and general upkeep. To contact Hayes about volunteering, call her at 350.6249.
You can also donate to the park through the Marietta Community Foundation, by mailing care of the Marietta Community Dog Park fund at P.O. Box 77, 100 Putnam Street, Marietta Ohio 45750.Teresa Hayes asks people to not bring their dogs to the park until it’s officially opened, which should be by the end of this month.