Hillsboro's newest recreational attraction, "Pawsboro620K9,"was opened with a dedication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 19. The project, initiated by Imagine Hillsboro's Parks and Recreation committee, was also helped greatly by the City of Hillsboro.
Nancy Slepicka was master of ceremonies for the dedication of the new dog park. She told the audience that the project was just started in February with a planned cost of $11,000. Donations came to over $18,000, and because of that, they were able to make the area larger, add signage and benches.
She thanked RP Lumber for the fencing, for which they only charged their cost for the material, Fence Master for installing the fencing and Randy Jorn for signs.
Bob Fuehne, a former employee of Nestle Purina, was able to secure the first $1,000 donation for the park.
She also thanked Montgomery County Paws Care and Wally and Pam DeLong for securing a grant from Thrivent Financial.
She included the City of Hillsboro in her thanks, complimenting Commissioner Dan Robbins; and Parks Superintendent Jim May. The city helped in a big way, with land, parking lot development, lights and water line.
"Donors large and small throughout this community made this park possible," she said.
Credit for naming the park, Slepicka said has to go to her son Pavel, who came up with the unique identifier.
With continued support she stated that more trees will be planted and the committee will continue to accept donations.
Chris Sherer, the first president of Imagine Hillsboro stated that this is just a perfect example of what Hillsboro can do. "We figure out what we need to have and then we just do it," he said.
Pastor Stefan Munker, of St. Paul's Lutheran Church offered a "Blessing of the Pets" and Don Karban of Imagine Hillsboro led in a group singing of "How Much Is That Doggy in the Window" to officially open the park.
Pam DeLong gave away T-shirts and dog leashes as gifts from Thrivent.