Back in 2008, when I had a rambunctious border collie puppy (he hasn’t calmed down), a busy work schedule (still do) and a condo with no land, I was sneaking into every piece of open land I could find to run my dog. It might have been the fifth scolding by a park ranger that made us realize it was time to do something about this.
After hundreds of hours dedicated, acres of fencing installed and tens of thousands of dollars raised, the Colchester Dog Park Committee, including my husband and I, unveiled the new dog park in our town.
Using Facebook, some guerilla marketing around town and the local papers, we drummed up enough interest to keep the park going based solely on donations and attendance. Today, the park has been open for over a year and is a common hot spot for dog lovers all around eastern Connecticut.
We enjoy planning annual events for the park as a way to thank the businesses that donate and the attendees that use the park. We have vendors, food, demonstrations and raffles. This year’s event, the Third Annual Pet Expo, just wrapped up. And what better way to showcase the event than with some social media. Enjoy!
(You can watch it here if the video has trouble loading.)
If you’re interested in learning more or donating to the Colchester Dog Park, here are some helpful links: