ADELANTO – Adelanto will be the proud home of the third dog park in the High Desert. With locations so far only being at the Apple Valley Civic Center and in Hesperia at Lime Street Park, the City of Adelanto officials are ecstatic.
“The City with Unlimited Possibilities” has been living up to its name with recent changes. Of course, the marijuana cultivation businesses being allowed in the industrial area will always be a topic for debate, but the growth otherwise is undeniably beneficial to those who live there.
A recent donation of $25,000 is paving the way for a dog park that city officials have been discussing for several months. The donation, made to the city by the Ray Pryke Foundation was presented to Mayor Rich Kerr on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at a City Council meeting. “We decided to give $25,000 donation to honor one of Ray and Rosemarie Jane Pryke wishes, which was to support animals in many different ways,” said Linda Garber. “We want to thank the City of Adelanto and Cindy Herrera for working together to make this happen,” she added. Other donations include Burrtec Waste Industries, who generously donated mulch and JT Construction who will be providing the concrete sidewalk.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony and barbecue for the new dog park, which will be located at Richardson Park on Air Expressway just west of Highway 395 is set for December 17, 2016. “I am so excited to finally see the dog park become a reality,” said City Manager Cindy Herrera who has worked diligently to find partners to help subsidize the park. “When I learned that the Ray Pryke Foundation would make the sizable donation of $25,000 I was ecstatic,” she added. $10,000 of the donation will be used for the fencing at the park, with $10,000 going towards a monument sign designating the park “Pryke Dog Park.”
The City of Adelanto will be responsible for the maintenance of the new dog park, but Herrera said that she is putting together a “Friends of Paws” program, where people could donate and receive an inscribed brick that will be placed at the dog park. All funds raised will go to maintaining the park. “It’s this kind of public/private partnership that shows a strong spirit of cooperation,” said Mayor Rich Kerr. “Our goal is to ultimately develop a second dog park in the south end of the city,” said Kerr.
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