RHINELANDER - In June, the Rhinelander City Council approved a fenced-in dog park at Shepard Park. It's something Tina Werres has been working towards for the last 10 years.
On Saturday, about 30 volunteers gathered at Shepard Park to clean up the south end of the park.
The fence is scheduled to be put up in about three weeks so Werres wanted to get the area cleaned up as soon as possible.
Werres says seeing the number of volunteers come out "restores her faith in humanity."
"It makes a wonderful community gathering place and place for folks with dogs to come and go and elderly to just come and sit and just watch the dogs play," said Werres.
One of those volunteers was 14-year-old Mandela Anderson. He and his family have two dogs, which is a big reason why he decided to help with the cleanup.
"Just because there's not really any place for dogs to go besides walking them on the sidewalks so it's nice to finally have a place for them to go," said Anderson.
Volunteers placed all the brush they collected on the shoulder of the road. Next week, the parks department will come by and chop it up.
Werres says she's hoping the opening of the park will be in the next month.