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Stratford Dog Park Fetches Big Bucks with Weekend Road Race

Event raises about $5,000, which will help pay for fencing at the proposed dog park.

There may not yet be a set location for the , but after a weekend fundraiser, there's an ample amount of cash to pay for some of its amenties.

A 5k/5-mile road race at Short Beach Saturday raised about $5,000 and drew about 200 runners, according to Matt DeBernardo, the Stratford man campaigning for the park.

"You couldn't ask for a more successful event," DeBernardo said. "We had great sponsors. A lot of people donated money."

The cash will help pay for fencing at the proposed 1.5- to 2-acre park, an expense which DeBernardo estimates at $12,000.

"That's the biggest expense," he said.

The total cost of the park, to a town commission, is between $27,000 and $30,000. "Fundraising and local business donations can reduce this number significantly," he noted in the presentation.

To date, about $6,000 has been raised for the park. A recent pub crawl fundraiser raked in about $1,000, DeBernardo said.

DeBernardo said the mayor's office has given the campaign three potential spots for the park and he hopes to settle on a location in the coming weeks.

Note: Photos from the event will be added later today. If you were there and took photos, feel free to add them to the gallery above.

dave m August 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Better to spend money on dog park, at least the dogs listen, we waste more money on schools here in Stratford. Few thousand spent on recreation for pets and thier owners should be acceptable as the taxpayers are the ones who should benefit form thier tax dollars. What is the graduation rates Stratford High and Bunnell? Invest money in education and little or no return on investment.
libertarian August 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Hi Dave, Just so you know - the entire park will be funded and maintaned by donations. There are no tax dollars being spent on the Park!
RMA August 13, 2012 at 05:09 PM
OMG, that is sooo awesome. So happy for the Dog Park Committee!
Matt August 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I fully support the establishment of a dog park, but fail to see any connection between the dog park and funding for schools. It amazes me how many uninformed and uneducated people complain about the public schools in this country. There is no other country on this planet that is required to educate EVERY child to the same standard regardless of ability, disability, attitude, parent support, community support, etc. The fact that you don't state the graduation rates for Stratford or Bunnell indicates you have no idea what they are, yet you criticize the schools and claim we waste money on education. As an American that believes in democracy and freedo, I prefer paying taxes to support public education as opposed to the alternative which is to allow only those that can afford it to be educated. History has shown us what that type of society is like.
dave m August 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I guess I'll uninformed and uneducated, just becuase you said so. The graduation rate at Bunnell 98 %. Stratford High 90.1 percent. Even if I didn't know the numbers, I still think we waste money on the eduaction. 55 % of the towns budget goes to education. people we spout we need to educate are children. I have asked many eduactors if they still like thier proffession, the answer is decidely no as the kids to day have little respect educators. The town and the state can't even afford to fund teachers pensions. Bad investments, politics, but we give and give. So if your happy pay taxes, pay my 6000 dollars to the town. DaveM
Joseph Pedoto August 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I think this discussion about taxes and education is inappropriate for this article about the proposed Stratford Dog Park. No tax money is going to be used to create or maintain this park. Canine education, purchased by individuals from independent dog trainers, and school education, funded by my tax dollars, are unrelated. However, the dog park will be a place where dogs can play, exercise and work on their socialization with both people and dogs. Better socialized dogs will be a benefit to everyone in town, not just the dog owners. Also, Dave M. your points would be much more potent if you would spell and grammar check before you post. "people we spout we need to educate are children." ?
dave m August 15, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Joseph, thanks for the helpful hint, I really should. I'm glad that town will bear no expense for the dog park. Hope it comes to furition, for all the dog lovers.
k-9 lover August 17, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Volunteers will be responsible for maintainance, taking the trash to the transfer station? What are the hours of operation? What aco will be stationed there to check for licensed dogs.shots up to date? What is in place so the town/ tax payers are held harmless incase of an " accident" and someone decides to sue?
Joseph Pedoto August 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
k-9 lover: Have you ever been to a dog park? Like the one's in neighboring towns, say, Shelton or Trumbull? By your questions it seems you aren't familiar with how dog parks operate. The are no ACO's on duty at off-leash dog parks. All owners are responsible for the behavior of their dogs, including legal liability for their behavior. Just like they are when they are with their dogs any other place else in town. According to the Interwebs, dog parks are the fastest growing segment of city parks. There were 569 off-leash dog parks in the US in 2010, a jump of 35% in five years. There are also now more households in America with dogs than with kids (43 million to 38 million). You seem negative on the whole idea. Is there a reason for this?

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