CARBONDALE — Carbondale’s dog park is steps closer to becoming a reality and Wednesday’s day of giving is expected to give it an even bigger boost.
Jane Adams, board president of the Friends of Carbondale Dog Parks, said Tuesday that the group had received all of its approvals and was poised to finalize drawings for the park, which will be near the Life Community Center on Sunset Drive.
However, there is still a long list of items the group needs, including sections of fence, water fountains, gates and signage. This is where Wednesday’s day of giving comes in.
Adams said the group, a registered 501(c)(3), is asking for sponsorship for the items still needed. Adams said the group hasn’t set a specific fundraising goal for Wednesday, but organizers “are hoping there will be a significant outpouring of support.”
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There already are some big-ticket items that have been spoken for. On the group’s information sheet, it indicates that a $9,600 pavilion and two $500 benches have already been donated.
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Adams said there have been other significant gifts as well.
“We have about $20,000 worth of pro bono work that’s been done for us,” she said. This includes promised construction work as well as graphic design.
Also, as part of the capital campaign, Adams said there is a raffle that will run through Oct. 26 that features more than $2,000 worth of prizes, including a trip to Branson, Missouri, and a scenic flight over Southern Illinois. Tickets can be purchased at the Life Community Center, at Carbondale Main Street’s office and at Cristaudo’s.
Wednesday’s Day of Giving will also include an open house from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Carbondale’s Old Depot, where community members can learn more about the dog park.
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