Dog park in Milford one step closer to becoming a reality

For more than two years, the dog-loving denizens of Milford have been in talks with the Oakland County village to establish a dog park there.

Now that work is closer to paying off. The village has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help raise funds for the dog park with help from the state’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative.

As part of the placemaking program, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched on the Michigan-based Patronicity platform. Should Milford Dog Park successfully raise $20,000 by May 31, 2019, the MEDC will contribute a $20,000 matching grant.

"This project has been a few years in the making--starting with an idea proposed by one of our local residents," says Christian Wuerth, village manager of Milford.

"The opportunity to participate in the MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places Program is a huge boost to the project and will help turn this idea into a reality. We are grateful for the support of the MEDC."

Money raised through the crowdfunding campaign will be used to build and maintain the Milford Dog Park. Located near the Milford Trail, the dog park will feature a large dog area, a small dog area, dog waste receptacles, and picnic tables and benches.

The crowdfunding campaign offers rewards to donors with each varying depending on the size of the donation.

A $10 donation earns the donor a Facebook thank you note, while a $1,500 donor will see their name inscribed on a donor recognition plaque on a park bench.

"Creating an engaging public amenity that brings the community together is key to great placemaking," says Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League.

"This dog park will enhance the appeal of the Milford area for years to come."

Follow the Milford Dog Park crowdfunding campaign online.

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MJ Galbraith is a writer and musician living in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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