The village of Sebewaing is looking to add a dog park with the help of a grant

The village of Sebewaing is looking to finalize plans to open a new dog park, with the help of a PetSafe grant.

The village entered a contest to win the grant earlier in June. The award is based on community response and then given to the top four communities that receive the most votes. Until August 31, anyone over the age of 18 who lives in the community of Sebewaing can vote once a day, every day to receive the grant.

“Winning this grant is the first step to getting it all and moving forward with the park,” said Jeff Parsons, who oversees plans for the park.

The dog park is planned to be approximately 1.3 acres, located at the corner of Albert and Union streets. The area would consist of two different spaces for small and large dogs. The city is looking to include a dog agility area with different equipment, sit-up benches, water features, a gazebo and more.

“Fencing will be our biggest expense,” Parsons said. “This park depends on funding, and winning the grant will go a long way toward that.”

If the grant is won, the park is expected to be open in late summer 2023. The city is considering other ways to receive further funding, including holding different fundraising events and finding other private donations if the city is not. selected.

“We’re going to look at the next steps on how to move forward,” Parsons said. “There are other grant opportunities that we can participate in. The Huron County Community Foundation will also help finance and install various equipment and benches.

When news broke that the town had been selected for a chance to win the grant, Village President Julie Epperson said she was excited about the benefits and impact of having a dog park in the community of Sebewaing.

“Sebewaing is a dog-loving community that looks forward to the benefits of having a dog park,” she said. “Benefits that include bringing the community together, creating a dog-friendly network, and positively impacting outdoor recreation. It will give dogs some freedom and reduce troublesome dog behaviors. Better yet , this will help make Sebewaing residents happier and healthier, as well as residents of other communities.”

Community members and residents can vote at barkforyourpark.petsafe.com until the end of the month.

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