The group behind getting a dog park approved in Southampton Village is seeking donations to help complete the project.
Though the dog park was initially rejected when proposed near Lake Agawam, the Southampton Village Board responded to a petition of more than 600 signatures in favor of the project and unanimously approved the dog park at Lola Prentice Memorial Park on Windmill Lane, near Southampton Village police headquarters, on Tuesday, November 26. In order to complete the project, the Village needs to raise some $60,000 for the fencing, gates and benches.
“Thanks to all those who signed our petition for a dog park and who are anxiously awaiting its arrival,” the group spearheading the project says in its call for donations, which asks “all dog owners” to help get the Southampton Village Dog Park built. “This will be a great amenity for all dogs and their owners who come to our village,” the donation form explains. “Please, give whatever you can. The sooner we raise the funds, the sooner our dog park will become a reality.”
As an added incentive, top donors will get their names or the name of their pet inscribed into the park itself. For $1,000, a donor’s name or pet’s name will be etched on a permanent stone in the park. A $2,500 donation will buy a park bench named for the donor’s pet, and $5,000 donors will get their name (or their pet’s name) added to the park’s “founders rock” for all to see in perpetuity.
All donations are fully tax deductible and checks should be made out to “Southampton Village Dog Park” and mailed with the donation form to Southampton Village (23 Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968) Attn: Dog Park. Credit card donations may also be mailed using the form, or called directly in to Southampton Village at 631-283-0247. (See form download link below.)