Wacker Park going to the dogs this summer

By Bonnie Seymour
News Star Reporter

Dogs have always been man’s best friend and one Pauls Valley group is recognizing that fact and creating an area where dogs can run free and socialize and dog lovers can enjoy the company of others who share a love for canines as well.
The Pauls Valley Animal Welfare Society or P.A.W.S. started raising funds in earnest last fall with the Bark in the Park event. Between that and several generous donations the group is almost to the $30,000 funding goal for the project.
“We only need about $10,000 more,” said Steve Freeman, who is involved with the project.
The one and a half acre park will feature an area for large dogs as well as one for small ones, water stations, waste stations, sturdy fencing, and hopefully some benches for the parks human visitors.
“We plan to start a campaign for benches. We already have funding for two and we haven’t even started yet if that says anything about the interest we have had,” shared Freeman.
Down the line, the group hopes to add an agility course to the park for the dogs to test their skills and a bodega for shade.
“If we can just get to the initial goal, we can do the other stuff through donations,” said Freeman.
The dog park will be located in Wacker Park, just west of the Samaritan Food Pantry and Freeman hopes that the park will make its debut early to midsummer.
“We feel like this is going to be a good quality addition to Wacker Park and Pauls Valley,” Freeman shared.
The dog park will be the only dog park near I-35 between Gainesville, Texas and Moore, Okla., which will benefit travelers as well.
To make donations for the completion of the dog park, go to www.poundwishes.com and search for Pauls Valley Dog Park. Donations can also be made directly through P.A.W.S. Just let them know the money is designated for the park.
You can follow the park’s progress on Facebook @pvdogpark.