An organization is hoping to bring a dog park to Battle Creek through the help of the community.

Friends of Calhoun County Dog Parks has started a campaign to develop the dog park on 1.5 acres of Bailey Park, just off of the Roosevelt St. entrance. The project will put up fencing, a double-gated entrance to prevent dogs from escaping, water fountains for people and dogs, a pet bathing area, agility equipment and more. The organizers say they believe Battle Creek should have access to areas were dogs can exercise and have fun off-leash without endangering or annoying people or wildlife.

In order to fund the project, they are looking to raise $30,000 from the community, and if they reach that goal the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will also match that funding, bringing the total to $60,000. Friends of Calhoun County Dog Parks hopes to have the goal reached by May 13; as of March 21, they've raised $6,350.

Anyone interested in donating can go to the Patronicity website here. 

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