WOODLAND PARK, CO – 5/8/2019 – Woodland Park’s first official dog park, Golden Meadows Dog Park, will open on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce
and then dog-related activities throughout the day ending at 2:00pm.
The Pet Food Pantry for Teller County will be accepting pet food donations and the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS) will have dogs available for adoption.
Golden Meadows Dog Park, located at the Meadow Wood Sports Complex in Woodland Park, is an inspirational, dream project created by Teller County native, Bianca Bryant (pictured above with “friends”), as her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
Bryant, who is finishing her Junior year at Woodland Park High School and the incoming Student Council President for 2020, said that she started her dream of building a dog park in May, 2017 and finally got formal approval with the City of Woodland Park in December, 2018.
“It’s so exciting!” said Bryant. “This is my Gold Award Project for Girl Scouts, the highest award achieved by a Senior Girl Scout. I have been in Girl Scouts since I was six years old and I’ve always loved dogs. This is a leadership award project that will permanently impact our community for the better. I’m so excited to bring my dream to reality for Woodland Park!”
Construction on the dog park will begin in mid-May. Preceded by a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 4:00pm for major contributors and supporters. The construction company prefers to remain anonymous but is honored to be working on this project.
“I want to say a very special thanks to those people, businesses and community groups who have made this dream possible,” said Bryant.
“First of all, I couldn’t have done this without the support of my Mom, Stacey Graham. She has provided so much emotional support and has been my biggest cheerleader when things get complicated. And the leadership team at the Woodland Park High School for their guidance and the student council and members of the Kiwanis Builders Club at the Woodland Park Middle School for their financial donations.”
“I also want to thank Park State Bank and Trust, TCRAS, Woodland Home and Hardware, Foxworth-Galbraith, the Brewing Science Institute (BSI), Image Bearers Cleaning and perini & associates for their financial and in-kind support. The dog park wouldn’t have happened without the support I’ve received from the City of Woodland Park and especially Cindy Keating, Director, Parks and Recreation, the City Council and the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Club, especially Pat Hyslop.”
A requirement of the Girl Scouts Gold Award project it that the must offer a permanent solution to a local, community issue. Golden Meadows Dog Park will be included in a national application called Bring Fido, which allows travelers to locate pet friendly hotels, campgrounds and dog parks nationwide.
Other dog-related activities taking place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 include a K-9 Ninja-themed dog walk, optional dog agility stations, live music and vendor booths.
Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration forms are available at TCRAS, Kaufmann Family Dentistry or the City of Woodland Park’s Park and Recreation office.
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