The day went to the dogs on June 8 as Kilcona Park Dog Clubheld its annual spring barbecue. The rain finally stopped and the sun shone, making it a special day for this annual fundraiser, which raises funds for improvements to the off-leash dog park.
Thousands of people showed up, breaking records from previous years.
The community’s support was phenomenal and money was raised through the sale of food, beverages, memberships and the newly-launched and very popular "I own a dog AND I vote" campaign. A delicious barbecue was offered to dog-owners, and soccer and baseball players at the park and Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) even dropped by for a smokie. Heck, even the dogs chowed down on special treats (and, no doubt, all the sausage and bun scraps that fell to the ground).
The day really was about the four-legged guests of honour. Dogs of all breeds played with Frisbees and balls and enjoyed all that the Kilcona Dog Park offers them — a safe area to freely play and socialize.
The event was made possible by a dedicated team of people working together months in advance. Club volunteers prepared the food and recruited sponsors and partners.
Kilcona Park Dog Club is a registered not-for-profit corporation dedicated to park stewardship, community development, and healthy, active living for people and their pets. KPDC is an advocate for the hundreds of dog owners and their pets who use Kilcona’s off-leash area and plays an important role in park stewardship and the environmental sustainability of the park. Many of these dog park users are from right here in the Garden City and Riverbend area.
As reported in April, Kilcona Dog Park faces an uncertain future. The city announced potential plans to shrink the off-leash section of the park to half its size.
This would have a huge impact on the many dog owners and dogs who visit the park. While not much has changed since the announcement, Donna Henry, president of KPDC, continues to advocate and stand strong against this plan.
You can support the KPDC by becoming a member.
Visit its website at kilconaparkdogclub.ca and find out more about how membership supports the sustainability of the club and the Kilcona Dog Park.
Having a membership also provides discounts at retail stores like Pet Valu (Reenders/Rivergrove).
Visit the park and enjoy the dog days of summer with your family.
Alisa Pihulak is a community correspondent for Riverbend.