MARCO ISLAND — Most dogs will beg for a treat but the dogs on Marco are begging local businesses to get involved with building Canine Cove, the future dog run at Mackle Park.
“We’re asking Marco Island businesses to support Canine Cove by participating in the corporate sponsorship program for the dog park. Sponsorships are $500 and the name of the company will be listed on a ‘Waggin Wall of Thanks’ plaque to be erected in Canine Cove,” said Jan Temkiewicz, a member of Friends of Canine Cove. Individuals who contribute $100 will be listed on the Wall.
The city has allocated 1.1 acres of land at Mackle Park for the dog run but fencing, benches, fountains and shelters must be paid for with private funds. More than $26,000 of the $40,000 needed for the park has been raised already.
“We’ve had several businesses ask how they could get involved and we thought offering corporate sponsorships would provide a great opportunity for our many local restaurants and businesses to demonstrate their love of dogs,” said Temkiewicz.
Canine Cove is scheduled to open in early December, so timely donations are important.
“We need our dog supporters, both individuals and companies, to send in their contributions now so that we can open the park this year,” said Kathy Keeling, another member of Friends of Canine Cove.
Local restaurants and businesses are urged to put up a ‘Bark, Bark, We Want a Park’ poster to raise awareness concerning the funding of the dog park. To receive a poster or learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor, contact Jan Temkiewicz at 394-2243 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax deductible donations for Canine Cove can be sent directly to: Parks and Recreation Department, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Make check payable to Parks and Recreation Department — Canine Cove.