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‘Friends’ make fundraising push for new Dog Park in Medina

Photos by Tom Rivers: Medina Village Trustee Owen Toale smiles after being plunged into the dunk tank on Saturday as part of a fundraiser for a new dog park in Medina. Medina Mayor Mike Sidari also spent an hour in the dunk tank on Saturday.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 August 2018 at 10:24 am

MEDINA – Organizers for a new dog park in Medina are making a push to raise $20,000 for the project.

The dog park would be the first in Orleans County. It is planned to be located next to the former compost plant on North Gravel Road.

Friends of the Dog Park Committee said it needs about $12,000 for fencing, and additional money for agility equipment.

The new park would have three fenced-in areas, one for small dogs, one for large dogs and an agility area.

Alaina Wilson is leading the fund-raising efforts for the dog park. She is pictured with her boyfriend, Andrew Zapf of Rochester, at a table with information about the park.

The committee is in the Canal Basin this weekend, running a dunk tank, and selling frisbees and bracelets for the dog park.

They are at the Basin this weekend while two high-profile vessels are visiting Medina. The Lois McClure is a replica of a canal schooner from 1862 and is open for tours. The boat is joined by Corning Museum of Glass barge, which will offer glass-making demonstrations over the weekend.

The Friends of Medina Dog Park is also promoting a “Dog Days of Summer” fundraiser on Aug. 18 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. That event will include a souvenir wine glass, wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, a basket raffle and a live auction. For more information, click here to be directed to Facebook page for Friends of Medina Dog Park.

There are souvenir frisbees available to raise funds for the dog park.

The committee also welcomes donations. “Top dog sponsors” who give at least $500 will be recognized on an advertising board at the park.

Donations can be sent to Friends of Medina Dog Park, 818 West Center St., Medina. NY 14103.

The Medina Village Board has agreed to set aside about 1 acre of the land at the former compost plant for the dog park.

Wilson said the park will be a place to take dogs for exercise, and to work on training and social skills. She said the park will draw visitors to Medina, boosting the local economy.

She expects construction of the dog park will start next spring.

Photo by Lucy Rivers: Ken McPherson fires a ball at the target and dunks Tom Rivers, editor of the Orleans Hub.

The lineup in the dunk tunk today includes

  • 3 – 4 p.m. – Eric Rintouck, captain of the Lois McClure
  • 4 – 5 p.m. – Medina Fire Chief Tom Lupo
  • 5 – 6 p.m. – Steve Gibbs, senior manager of Hot Glass Programs and Business Technology Development at the Corning Museum of Glass

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