- It took 10 years, but Rhinelander may finally get the spark it needs to build a dog park.
An anonymous woman gave dog park advocate Tina Werres a $10,000 dollar donation recently. Werres raised about $2,000 -- literally pennies at a time with donation jars -- over the last decade.
But many people didn't want to give a lot of money until a specific location was chosen. Werres says she still doesn't have a spot approved, but this big donation puts her much closer to actually building a park.
"Hopefully it will spark some other members to come forward or to leave us in their will or contact me if they want to help design it," Werres said.
Werres is considering land near Hanson Lake behind the airport, Pioneer Park, and an old landfill. She says fencing alone for those locations could cost more than $20,000.
But Werres thinks a dog park needs to happen one way or another.
"Human connection with the pets is all-important," Werres said. "You just don't throw a bunch of dogs in the fenced-in area without monitoring and without people meeting and greeting each other."
Drs. Foster and Smith also stepped forward this week to help. The Petco-owned company didn't say if it would provide money, land, or other resources, but Werres hopes two major donors will get the park built.
If you'd like to donate to the dog park or have suggestions for Werres, you can call her at 715-499-3002 or email her at email@example.com.