Downtown Waxahachie will be going to the dogs on Saturday March 16. Dog owners and their dogs are invited to come downtown to take part in fun filled activities that will raise funds to create a dog park here in the city.

“The dog day’s night event is going to be a fundraiser for another addition to downtown Waxahachie, the new Wags-A-Hachie Dog Park,” Community Relations Manger Amy Hollywood said.

“It is also a part of our 12 months of Christmas campaign in which we plan an event once a month around the courthouse square to help encourage people to come downtown and enjoy our event and the lights,” Hollywood said. “It is going to be held on March 16 from 4-7 p.m. We are going to have lot of activities for all the dogs. We welcome all well-behaved leashed dogs with current tags. We will be checking the tags at the ticket table to make sure that everyone is up on their vacations to make sure everyone is safe and healthy.”

Hollywood said some of the activities include a best trick contest, a dog owner look-a-like contest, best dog custom and a dog parade. Dogs can also have their paws read by a paw reader, get their nails painted at a paw spa or try a home made treat from the barkey. Owners and their pets can get their picture made in a commemorative photo folder.

Each event will cost a certain amount of tickets. Tickets will be sold out of a central booth at the event for a $1 per ticker of 12 tickets for $10. All the proceeds from the event will go towards the cost of building the new park. While attending the event owner are encouraged to bring bags to pick up after their pet but waste bags will be available at the event.

The future dog park would be located off of the hike and bike trail behind the agriculture barns located on Howard Road. So far around $6,000-$7,000 has been raised for the park, which will cost about $20,000 to complete. The target date to open the park is May 1.

The biggest ticket item for creating the park is fencing. Fencing will create two areas, one for larger dogs and another for smaller dogs. Besides creating two separate areas for dogs fencing will create a “warm up” area, where unfamiliar dogs can get acquainted and owners can safely unhook their animal before letting them into the main area of the park.

Downtown Development Director Anita Williamson said one-way people could help out with the fencing for the park is that people can purchase 8 Feet of fencing for $100. When the park is complete the section the person purchased will be noted with a marker on that section of fencing.

The park will feature a water fountain with a hose bib. This will allow pet owners at the park to fill up water bowls for their animals. Another feature of the park is a community board that will allow visitors to look at the rules of the park and notices such as fliers for lost dogs, pet grooming services and specials at veterinary offices.

Other features of the future dog park include a baggy depressor to collect pet waste, shaded areas and picnic tables, one of which has already been donated.

People who are unable to attend the event but still want to make a donation can contact Williamson at city hall. Donations can also be dropped off at the water-billing counter at city hall in the basement. City hall is located at 401 S. Rogers St. in Waxahachie and is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week.

Questions about the event can be directed to Williamson at 469-309-4111or Hollywood at 469-309-4012

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