LEBANON — If you’ve always wanted to have a park named after yourself or a loved one, now’s your chance.
For a $25,000 donation, you can name the proposed Lebanon Dog Park, according to project chairman Warren Beeson. The money will be used to install a chain link fence.
By next spring, Beeson hopes to be able to take Buddy, his 104-pound black Labrador retriever, to the new dog park next to the Bob Smith Memorial Park on South Main Street.
The retired businessman and civic booster has taken on the challenge of raising $50,000 to develop the park, based on those he has seen on trips to visit his daughters in Nashville.
“I was in Nashville in April and I know it’s a big city, but there are at least three really nice dog parks,” he said.
Beeson took his idea to the city’s parks committee and his concept was well-received.
“Of course, my friend Ronn Passmore, who chairs the committee, then put me in charge of coming up with the funds to make it happen,” Beeson said.
He added that the city will contribute some cash, assist with the park’s development and then maintain it once it is constructed.
“We hope to raise at least $25,000, but really, we think it will take about $50,000,” Beeson said. “We would like to have enough money left over so that after a year or so, we could evaluate what is working and where we might need to add something to the park.”
Assisting Beeson with the project are committee members Sally Morgan, Nancy Charlson, Bob Gordon and Connie Schmidt-Walling.
The plan is to develop the park area south of the ballfields. There will be an area for small dogs and a separate area for larger dogs.
“All donations of $100 or more will be recognized on a donor board,” Beeson said. “Anyone who donates $250 now and pledges another $100 per year for the next two years, will be recognized with a banner.”
And, Beeson noted, for a $25,000 donation, the donor can name the park.
Other suggested donations and what they will purchase include: $500, fire hydrant (3); $800, bench (10); $1,000, picnic table (23); $1,000, shelter (2); $1,500, water station (2); $1,500, waste disposal station (2); $25,000, fence, and donor picks name of the park.
For more information, or to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send donations to the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, 1040 Park St., Lebanon, OR. 97355.
Call 541-258-7164 to make a credit card or debit card donation.