Walker seeks funds to build dog park

Dogs in the city of Walker will soon have a place to play once a new dog park is completed.

Mayor Rick Ramsey has agreed that the city of Walker will donate land near the lake at Sidney Hutchinson Park for the community dog park.

“I was asked about a dog park several times during the campaign for mayor,” Ramsey said. “So when Terri Dunlap, SPCA president, made the suggestion, I was already sold on the idea.”

“He was receptive right away,” Dunlap said of Ramsey. “I got an immediate yes.”

Architect Jamie Seal, of Quality Engineering, surveyed the land with Dunlap and other SPCA members Monday and put together a wish list for the park that will include water features, a brick pathway and pavilion to host adoption events and picnic tables.

“It’s a beautiful area with huge trees with existing gravel for parking,” Dunlap said.

One of Dunlap’s dreams is to build a park that is shaped like a dog bone or fire hydrant.

“If we’re going to build it, we need to built it right,” Dunlap said.

The SPCA of Livingston plans to host a variety of fundraisers seeking help from both individuals and businesses, Dunlap said.

The group has entered the PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” contest. The top town or city will win $100,000 to build a PetSafe dog park.

Cities can win one of five prizes ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

Residents can vote in the contest. Each person can vote twice daily, once on the company site and once on Facebook: http://www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark/city/7424/walker-la.

The finalists will be announced June 5. Winners will be announced July 31.

Tax deductible donations for the dog park can be made to the SPCA of Livingston, P.O. Box 500, Walker, LA 70785 or by PayPal on http://www.livingstonspca.com.

For information, call Dunlap at (225) 578-6940.