Oct. 13, the Citizens Advisory Board of the Tiffin Bark Park hosted the first Dog Day 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Tiffin Bark Project. It was a wonderful morning, with more than 125 dogs, runners and walkers.
The event was sponsored by Dr. Brad McClung and McClung's Animal Hospital. The support of Dr. Brad and his wife, Cathy, during this entire project was instrumental in making it the success it was. We raised more than $5,000 by selling Bark Park T-shirts, bandanas, raffle tickets and more.
The money raised will be used to help construct the largest off-leash dog park in northwest Ohio. The 3 acre-plus park that will be constructed in the lower end of Hedges-Boyer Park next spring will be a social gathering place for people of all ages, dog lovers and non-dog lovers. Friendships will be formed. Families will bring their pets to Tiffin's Bark Park from all over this part of the state. While here, they may buy gas, food, etc.
Because of a number of fine organizations and individuals, we were very successful in helping to get our dream one step closer to reality.
Thanks, of course, to Dr. Brad and Cathy McClung, along with the entire staff of McClung's Animal Hospital. Thanks to Mike Brown, Pete Krupp and Viewpoint Graphics, Rosalie Distel, Gamut Printing, Craig Genet, Rich Focht, Hempy Water, Bugner's Portable Restrooms, Ralph's Joy of Living, Zach Gase, Rob Weaver, Dr. Nick Fabrizio, Dr. Mark Hagen, Dr. Jamie Pursell and the staff at Edenwood Veterinary Clinic, Lori Kobelt, Rich Cline/Phillips Feed and Pet Supply, WTSC Radio, WTTF Radio, Russ Snyder, GW's Fine Food and Spirits, Bob Evans Restaurant, Xcaret Restaurant, Louise Zoeller, Clover Club, Best Break, Cathy Nagle-Ervin, Sarah Kuebler, Threads, Bodyworks, Ron Martin, Mr. Meeker and the awesome resident helpers from TDC.
Finally, a big thanks to Rob Chappell from the Tiffin Fire Department, Tiffin Police Department and Mayor Aaron Montz for their support.
Go to www.tiffinbarkpark.com for more information.
Next summer, the Tiffin Bark Park will be open and the lower end of Hedges-Boyer will come alive with activity 365 days a year. All built completely from private donations. Absolutely no city money - not even a penny - is being used for the construction of the Tiffin Bark Park. If someone tells you differently, have them call me at (419) 455-9872
Keith Hodkinson, chairman
Tiffin Bark Park
Citizen's Advisory Committee