Crowdfunding underway to re-purpose part of Bailey Park into dog-friendly area


    A crowdfunding initiative to raise a goal of $30,000 is underway in Battle Creek in an effort to re-purpose a portion of Bailey Park into a new dog park, according to a release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. (WWMT/MGN Online)

    A crowdfunding initiative to raise a goal of $30,000 is underway in Battle Creek in an effort to re-purpose a portion of Bailey Park into a new dog park, according to a release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

    The Battle Creek Community Foundation, Friends of Calhoun County Dog Parks and MEDC announced the campaign Friday, saying if the campaign were to reach the $30,000 crowdfunding goal, the MEDC would match with a grant made possible through the Public Spaces Community Places program.

    “Without the matching funds provided by the Public Spaces Community Places grant program, Battle Creek would not have the opportunity to see completion of a dog park in 2019,” Deb Fryar, president of Friends of Calhoun County Dog Parks, said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in this program and for the support of our community partners: Battle Creek Parks and Recreation, and the Battle Creek Community Foundation’s Encourage BC Program.”

    Upon completion of the campaign, the plan is to transform an underused portion of Battle Creek's Bailey Park into an off-leash dog park.

    The Public Spaces Community Places effort from MEDC is a program where local crowdfunding efforts can be met with a matching grant upon completion in an effort to start strategic projects in the community. To learn more about the program, click here.

    To donate to the campaign, visit the Patronicity link here.


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