Traverse City leaders say they met a fundraising goal this week for a downtown dog park. The $15,000 dollars raised so far should be enough to pay for fencing an area of Veteran’s Park, where dogs will be allowed to run free.
Parks and Recreation Superintendent Lauren Vaughn says the goal is to have the park usable by June.
The city also plans to re-name the park and they’re taking suggestions. But Vaughn says nearly all of the 100 names suggested so far have focused on the dog park. Ideas have included Bowzers Harbor, The Bark Park, The Bone Yard, Rough & Tumble Park and Pooch Playground.
“But we were looking for names that are more related to the location, the historical nature of the area,” says Vaughn, because the park will not be solely a dog park. It’ll also remain home to a playground, restrooms and tennis courts. It sits across from the bay front at Division and Bay streets.