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Thanks to the tireless work of our Board of Directors, the help of many volunteers, and the extreme generosity of our community, Hugh Rogers Wag Park now has a complete small dog area, twenty five shade trees, six freestanding six-foot benches on large concrete pads, a completed one-third loop mile accessible asphalt path, a greatly enhanced pavilion area, and a permanent obstacle course. Having completed all of our improvement goals for 2011, the Whitefish Animal Group [WAG] Board has turned it's attention to our next goal...the Pond.
The Armory Park Master Plan, which was unanimously approved by the Whitefish City Council, includes a greatly expanded version of the existing pond. All of the park work completed to date has taken this concept into account, and WAG is now focused on the pond development project. As always, we will work closely with our outstanding Parks and Recreation Department and City Park Board.
The current pond, long unused, is completely fenced, spring-fed, and acts as a water collector. It has an installed one inch pipe for raising and lowering the water level, an old pumping station, and available electrical service already in place. These elements will be integrated in to the project design. The pond is partially surrounded by native trees and plants, primarily aspen and cattails. These will be retained, and additional native specimens may be added.
We are currently working on surveying, mapping and design work. WAG is working closely with Matt Daniels and his associates at River Design Group, and Leslie Lowe of Beargrass Landscape Architecture Designs. Subsequently we will meet with several expert pond contractors to obtain recommendations and project bids. The finished project will be a spectacular addition to our park system.
It is our intention to create a safe, clean swimming area for dogs only. To that end our design will include gently slopped, large beach areas. The pond will be large enough, deep enough, and adequately circulated to maintain high water quality and to discourage algae growth. One of the many benefits of the pond will be to offer an in-town alternative to the small, often crowded dog swimming area at Les Mason Park, the only authorized dog beach within City limits.
All necessary funding for this project will come from private donations and grants. We will post project design work, timetables, and specific fundraising targets on this website. We welcome inquiries, suggestions, and in-kind contribution offers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who would like to contribute to the Dog Park pond
expansion fund, WAG will establish a special fund for this and will
create a way to recognize various levels of donations as we have
done in the past with the large plaque in the bulletin board and the
plaques in the Pavilion.
For those who would like to contribute a bench, a mutt mitt
station, a garbage can or a tree, the following donation amounts
- Free Standing Bench - $1,500
- Long Bench at the Pavilion - $1,000
- Short Bench at the Pavilion - $500
2. Mutt Mitt Station - $150 installed
3. Garbage Can - $500 installed
4. Tree - $250
Please send your tax-deductible donations to:
W.A.G. PO Box 1690, Whitefish, Montana, 59937
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