|Park Advisory Board Pursuing Pet Memorial Garden|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Friday, 14 March 2014 05:16|
Tipp City’s Park Advisory Board indicated Monday it wants to pursue establishing a pet memorial garden at the entrance to the Kyle Park Dog Park.
The memorial garden concept was suggested last year to the board as a way to give people a place to remember a pet as well as raise money for the dog park and the police dog program.
The board Monday received more information on the possible park elements such as a cost estimate for preparing the garden and placing paver bricks that would be removed and engraved with individual pet information as a brick was purchased.
The board will obtain more information on the park before its March meeting and possibly vote then on how and when to proceed.
Board member Pat Hodges said he thinks the memorial garden would be welcomed by owners of cats, dogs and possibly other pets.
“I think a lot of people would like to do something like that for their pets,” he said.
The one cost estimate received so far for labor for an eight-food wide entrance path was around $7,000, said Jim Asher, city parks superintendent.
The board looked at examples of two possible choices for the bricks. They included bricks salvaged from Main Street during last year’s downtown streetscape project and paver bricks similar to those used in the Veterans Memorial Park.
The board favored using the paver bricks after viewing the engraving on both types of bricks and hearing from Vagedes and Asher.
Although the Main Street bricks would be free to use in the garden, someone would have to work with each brick to chip the mortar from them, Vagedes said. In addition, he said, the engraving, which would be included in the purchase price, did not show up well on those bricks.
Asher pointed out that the bricks are not all the same size, which could cause difficulty in garden layout and brick installation and then removal as bricks are purchased and engraved.
Using the old bricks “is a great idea, but it is going to be a lot of labor for someone to clean them up,” Asher said.
There is not money in the 2014 budget for the project. The project could be requested as part of the 2015 city budget or money set aside for other uses – such as neighborhood parks – could be redirected, if the board chose that route.
Vagedes also told the board he wanted to emphasize that the proposal is for a pet memorial garden, not a pet cemetery. He said he received a call from someone who read about the proposal following an earlier meeting and thought a cemetery was being considered.
In other business Monday, the board:
- Welcomed two new members. Kevin Cox and Ben Woodruff – were given their oaths of office by Mayor Pat Hale.
- Elected Doug Slagel as chairman, Doug Chitwood as vice chairman and Hodges as secretary.
- Approved the use of former baseball field area near the river at City Park as the location for the fifth Canal Music Festival on June 14. Organizer J.J. Slanker said this year’s band would be the Hotel California Eagles tribute band. This will be the second year for the festival in that location. “Everything has gone really, really well out there,” Slanker told the board.
- OK’d the use of City Park and other facilities for the Breast Cancer Awareness Race as part of What a Girl Wants activities. The race will be May 10 and return to the Run for the Mums route after a year using an alternate route because of the downtown project.