Centennial Park has been officially approved to house a second dog park in Turlock. The Turlock Parks, Recreation and Community (PRC) Commission is now moving forward with the project, discussing fundraising options as an estimated $44,000 is needed to establish the park.
An offer to cover over 30% of cost was presented to the PRC Commissionn at their Wednesday night meeting, but the PRC Commission still is getting the logistics of the fundraising program together.
As the Commission is spearheading the project, they are considering building an outside contracted dog park, overseen by City engineering, while also receiving in-kind donations such as discounted fencing or cement work.
Doing so could help lower costs, as of now City engineering will total 40% of the project cost and over $20,000 has been estimated for fence cost.
Parks and Recreation Manager Allison Van Guilder raised the questions of managing the public works project to be contracted out, what this dog park was estimated as being, along with the idea of also receiving in-kind donations in conjunction with a public works bid process.
A representative for Dr. Rob Santos, DMV of Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, stated Dr. Santos’ interest in donating and supporting the dog park.
Dr. Santos offered to donate an approximate $15,000 or a third of the monetary cost toward the park, in addition to donating a sign and potential amenities.
The ideal sign Dr. Santos envisioned could be an additional $3,000 – 5,000. Establishing road signs is also a possibility, so that people could easily be directed from the freeway to the park.
“He really wants to make this a destination location,” said David Fransen, who spoke for Dr. Santos as he was out of the country. “We think the sign would be bigger than what would have been thought of, like bigger than just a plaque.”
Along with his donation, Fransen mentioned the interest in some sort of naming rights which would correspond with the donated signage. Santos also desires to add amenities to the park, including dog tunnels and teeter tots.
The PRC Commission was concerned about not having donation tiers defined yet, to ensure that if donors are providing monetary support, issues such as naming rights and the like will be fairly noticed to the public.
Commissioner Desiree Silva questioned if the over 30% donation from Santos would be sufficient enough to give naming rights.
Silva also stated her desire to look over the length of time associated with naming rights.
“Is it gonna be forever, is it gonna be 5 years,” questioned Silva. “I don’t know if 30% is enough.”
Despite designating the Recreation Division as the contact point for donations to be collected, the City still needs to work out the details.
The Dog Park at Centennial Park agenda item was listed under scheduled matters and as a discussion on the update of the new dog park.
As Commissioners and Fransen began to discuss questions and concerns with the donation tiers and benefits, along with how potential in-kind donations could be received, City Staff stopped the discussion for fear of violating the Brown Act. Without the ability to question and answer, the PRC Commission wanted an ad-hoc committee, including Chair Barney Gordon and Commissioner Steven Nascimento, to work with City Staff to define donation tiers and to look into how the project can move forward with in-kind donations, the city engineering bid process, and including potential amenities.
More information and details on moving the dog park project forward will be presented at the next PRC Commission Meeting on September 14, 2011, at 6pm in City Hall.
In the interim, anyone interested in making a donation toward the project, should make the check to the City of Turlock with "Centennial Dog Park" identified in the memo section. Checks can be mailed to the Recreation office or dropped off at 301 Starr Ave. Turlock, CA 95380.