Dog park project seeks public support

Letter

To the Editor:

If approved by the Page County Board of Supervisors, a long-awaited 3-acre dog park will be coming to Page County in 2022. I have joined with Terry Pettit, the town manager in Stanley, to design and build the dog park, which will be called Bailey’s Legacy Dog Park, and we plan to build it right next to the pool at the Hawksbill Recreation Park.  

I hoped to pay for it myself with the proceeds from a lawsuit in 2012 after I was struck by a Ford F-250 that nearly killed me; ironically, I was crossing a street under a green light in the pedestrian lane while walking my dog, Bailey. The driver missed Bailey and only hit me, in case you’re wondering, but I’m grateful to have lived and recovered. I will be donating the dog park in honor of Bailey to the Town of Stanley on completion of the project and paid for with the settlement monies.

As I have costed out this project, I’ve learned that dog parks are not cheap, especially in this economy. My purpose for announcing this planned park now is to explore whether dog owners or other citizens might be inclined to also donate funds to ensure that I’ll be able to build the dog park and not cut corners. Funds are planned to come from other sources, in addition to my donations:  

  • I’m planning on selling memorial stones like were used by Lord Fairfax Community College in its fundraising efforts. Ads to purchase these stones will be published in the near future.
  • I’ve started a GoFundMe.com fundraising effort (called Bailey’s Legacy Dog Park) to facilitate donations from citizens.
  • I’ve identified some grants that I will be applying for shortly.

Please email me if you have any questions at: [email protected]

Did I mention that the dog park will have a sprayer for your dog to get wet?

Don Feliciano ~ Luray, Va.

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