A sign went up Wednesday at the Nike Base announcing the future home of the Grand Island Dog Park.
For the past two years, a small group of volunteers has worked toward the goal of an off-leash area for dogs and their owners to enjoy freedom to run and play in a safe environment. They hope to open the park in the spring.
The group thanked Supervisor Mary Cooke and councilmen Gary Roesch, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica for their help in establishing the park.
Seen in the photo at the installation of the sign are, from left, Saundra Hagerdon; Dale Hennigar; Shannon Zaccaria of Popular Graphics; Liz Wilbert, assistant to Town Supervisor Mary S. Cooke; Supervisor Cooke; and Melissa Wilbert. The four-legged friend with them is Dixie.
Now officially incorporated as the Supporters of the Grand Island Dog Park Inc. the group has achieved IRS 501c3 status enabling them to accept donations with a tax benefit to the donors. Donations can be made directly at the Grand Island branch of First Niagara Bank, or to the Grand Island Dog Park c/o 3800 East River Road. For questions or to volunteer, call Liz Wilbert at 983-7363. Watch for news of a Dog Park Expo, planned for Feb. 13. (Photo by Larry Austin)