JWN has gone to the Dogs!
Jefferson Dog Park is now open!
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Call for Volunteers
Summer is here and we need to replenish the dog water containers. Volunteers hung a couple of black mail boxes on the fence and we encourage folks to resupply them with clean plastic bags for owner who forgot to bring a bag for cleaning up after their pups.
We need to mow along both sides of the fence again. The grass grows fast this time of year! Mowing a strip along the fence is part of the agreement we have with the city for park upkeep. The city will mow the rest of the park with their tractor mower. If someone wants to volunteer to do this they can contact Tamara. The city has a mower we can use.
If frequent users take on small tasks and help keep the park together it remains an inviting place for all who enjoy it. The park remains a pilot project for the city and they are watching the ongoing use and upkeep to evaluate success.
IMPORTANT! This is a DIY pilot project so there are no services, so bring your own water and take your dog poop with you!
Over a dozen volunteers put in fence posts, strung fencing, and spread mulch to get the JDP ready to go. While the park is not officially open until August, it is accessible now.
After three years of hard work and collaboration between the JWN and the Parks and Open Spaces, work will start in May and we anticipate the park opening in July! Our Neighborhood Matching Grant proposal to develop Jefferson Park- a city owned, undeveloped parks space on Jefferson Alley between 15th and 16th Aves, into a partially fenced dog off leash area (DOLA) was approved in April. To get on the email list for information and volunteer opportunities, contact Tamara Crafts: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After a long process and prodding by neighbors, parks has initiated a semi-fenced dog park pilot project at the currently undeveloped Jefferson Park behind the fairgrounds at 15th. This is a great opportunity to revitalize this neglected area and dissuade illegal activities. Presently, there are no dog parks in Jefferson Westside.
As part of the Jefferson Park Dog Off Leash Area process, the JWN is applying for a Neighborhood Matching Grant. The grant is to “make improvements to existing undeveloped park to change usage of the park to a DOLA for neighbors of the dense downtown urban area to exercise their dogs off leash. This park improvement is a collaboration with the City of Eugene Parks & Open Spaces department.”