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Biggest Little Dog Park Ribbon Cutting on July 10

Post Date:07/09/2018 8:25 AM

The City of Reno, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and Biggest Little Dog Park Coalition invite members of the media and public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Biggest Little Dog Park on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11 a.m.

“This grassroots effort to improve the quality of life in downtown Reno for both residents and their furry family members began about a year ago,” Reno Vice Mayor and Ward 5 representative Neoma Jardon said. “This ribbon cutting is a way for us to say thank you to our fantastic donors, community partners and local businesses that have helped make this project a reality.”

Behind the leadership of Jardon, the Reno City Council and its Parks, Recreation and Community Services staff, the City of Reno contributed $75,000 of Residential Construction Tax funds toward Phase 1 of the project. The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and the Coalition have worked together to raise more than $100,000, but donations are still needed to cover the park’s Phase 2 construction costs.

“This is a great example of a successful public-private partnership, but we acknowledge that we still have important work to do,” said Nathan Daniel, Executive Director of the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. “I’d like to thank Vice Mayor Jardon, the Coalition and our generous community. This is a great first step for the Biggest Little Dog Park.”

With the opening of the park, construction of Phase 1 of the project is complete, and fundraising for Phase 2 is officially underway. Phase 2 could include installation of wind screens, benches, dog agility features and other upgrades to improve the overall experience in the park for both dogs and their owners. A larger grand opening is planned to celebrate the future completion of Phase 2.

Community members have two options to donate toward the Biggest Little Dog Park:

  1. Direct, tax-deductible donations.
  2. Purchasing spots for their pets on the Biggest Little Dog Park pet mural, painted by Pawtraits by Hannah Eberle and located adjacent to the dog park on the ReTRAC. Mural prices are $200 per pet.

A special thanks goes out to the Marie Crowley Foundation, Eldorado Resorts Reno, Dennis and Sherron Elledge, Dorothy and Chi Chi Bengochea, and Mike and Darlene Arnold for their significant donations. A list of the many community sponsors, and more information about the park, are available at tmparksfoundation.org.

Community members and the media can also contact Nathan Daniel at 775-410-1702 or nate@tmparksfoundation.org for more information.