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Dog park committee hits its goal

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Stacy Vogel
August 12, 2008
— Milton residents could be playing with their pooches in their very own dog park this fall.

A city committee has reached its goal for phase one of the dog park, thanks in large part to a $10,000 grant from Spacesaver Corp. in Fort Atkinson.


“It kind of makes me proud that our committee and Todd (Schmidt, city administrator) and everyone pulled together,” said Ryan Peterson, committee chairman. “By all means, it’s a team effort.”


The city has been talking about a dog park since it started plans to develop Crossridge Park eight years ago. But it abandoned plans for a dog park there when the YMCA expressed interest in developing the park.


Though its name didn’t change, the Ad Hoc Crossridge Park Committee now is planning a dog park on an 18-acre patch of land near John Paul Road and Vincent Street. It kicked off a fund-raising campaign in late 2007, starting with:


-- $5,000 from Air Products.


-- $5,000 from the city’s park development fund.


-- $1,000 from the Milton Community Fund.


The committee raised the rest of its $30,000 goal through individual donations and fund-raisers such as an annual dog walk.


Spacesaver Corp, donated $10,000 through an employee grant program sponsored by the Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation, according to a news release issued by the city Monday. The program considers requests from Spacesaver employees—in this case, Peterson’s wife, Rae Peterson.


The committee hopes to fence in an area for large dogs sometime this fall, Peterson said. Phase one also includes a second fenced area for small dogs.


That timeline might hinge on a land sale between the city and two power companies.


Progress on the dog park was delayed this spring when Wisconsin Power & Light and Alliant Energy asked to buy land in the park to expand its nearby substation. The proposal would involve the sale of about 1.5 acres to the companies, including about half an acre from the dog park, Schmidt has said.


The city still is working on the details of the proposal and hopes to have it sorted out in the next month or two, Schmidt said.


Meanwhile, the committee will continue raising money for phase two, expected to include a playground, parking lot and dog agility/training course. Peterson estimated the cost of phase two at $15,000.


MORE ONLINE

For more information about the Milton dog park, visit the park’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/miltondogpark or the city’s Web site at www.ci.Milton.wi.us/dogpark.aspx.


To contact Chairman Ryan Peterson, call (608) 868-9896 or e-mail write2ryanpeterson@hotmail.com.



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