Hugh Rogers
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Our Mission Statement:

The mission of W.A.G. (Whitefish Animal Group) is to promote responsible dog ownership and the establishment of safe, legal off-leash dog parks for the Whitefish area.

Pond Development Project at Hugh Rogers Wag Park

The Whitefish Animal Group (WAG), a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, is soliciting Quotes for the expansion of the Hugh Rogers Dog Park pond. Initial contracts with one or more contractors for some of the work will be entered into with WAG, on a fixed unit price basis, in early summer 2014.  Co-existent with the work to be done on East 2nd street during the summer of 2014, the city of Whitefish will contract separately in August of 2014, with one or more contractors, for some of the pond expansion work as well.

As of Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 a complete bid package is available for pickup by Contractors at no cost at the Whitefish Department of Parks and Recreation, 510 Railway Avenue, Whitefish.  The work will include: pond drainage, excavation, grading, installation of drainage culvert, an irrigation system, an aeration system, finished grading and landscaping, and new fencing.  Quotes must be received at the office of the Department of Parks and Recreation, not later than 5pm, Friday, January 31, 2014. Contractors are encouraged to donate some portion of labor and/or materials, which is tax deductible and will be recognized in the pond area in a significant way yet to be determined.  Such donations will be a factor in the evaluation process.  For questions regarding the quote package, call Jim Lockwood, WAG President at 406/862-7760.

Jim Lockwood

WAG President

Whitefish, MT 59937



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

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 would apply:

1. Bench

- 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


Project fund raising chair: Steve Lull, [406] 863 9501

Project committee co-chairs: Rox Rogers, Joni Aronson

W.A.G. President: Jim Lockwood, [406] 862 7760



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News & Information


After several years of wonderful service both Doug Wise and Jillian Lawrence resigned from the WAG Board of Directors effective February of this year. As a member of the city Parks and Recreations board, Doug will continue to attend WAG board meetings as the Parks and Recreation board’s representative for the dog park, so he will continue to be an invaluable resource to the WAG board and to the dog park. Jillian needs more personal time as she prepares for the exams necessary to become a licensed Architect, but she too has promised to stay involved with WAG activities. The WAG board and the entire community thank them both for their service over the years.

At the February 2012 WAG board meeting two new board members were unanimously elected to fill the two vacancies. Melissa Nutant is an individual and family therapist with a Master’s degree in social work. She and her husband have two wonderful dogs, Wilbur and Orville, who constantly clamor for attention. Melissa is active in the community and will be a wonderful asset to the board. Matt Smith was born in Illinois but grew up in the Missoula area where he was captain of his High School wrestling team. He has a playful Bull Mastiff Pit-bull mix that we often see at the park. Matt currently works for DePratu Ford VW and is also very active in the community. He is looking forward to working with the WAG board to continue its efforts to make the Hugh Rogers WAG Park the best dog park in the country. The WAG board is grateful to have both Melissa and Matt on the team.

Jim Lockwood

WAG President




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