From a dream to a dog park
City welcomes $500K project BY ENELLY BETANCOURT, Staff Writer
The Buchanan Park dog park is going to get a makeover.
At a celebration Tuesday at the Lancaster park, representatives from Purina Beneful announced the dog park will get a $500,000 transformation.
The project is being funded by an in-kind grant from the dog-food maker to the City of Lancaster.
The Buchanan Park Dog Park is behind the North Museum and Franklin & Marshall College. The half-million-dollar renovation will turn the existing off-leash area into an amusement park-themed dog park featuring synthetic turf, water splash pads, tunnels, a tennis ball hill, shade structures, a rubber path and a roller-coaster bridge.
"This is going to be a unique park unlike anything we've done before," said Jason Cameron, licensed contractor and host of DIY Network's "Desperate Landscapes."
Cameron and national pet expert Arden Moore will manage the renovation project. They also chose the Buchanan Park facility for the project.
"The community takes great pride in the dog park, and this renovation will be a treasured attraction for Lancaster residents and neighboring communities," Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray said.
The design of the dog park was inspired by city resident Angela Bauman's winning Dream Dog Park Contest entry.
Bauman was the grand-prize winner of the 2012 Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest.
To view Bauman's winning entry, go to www.beneful.com.
In addition to the renovation of the dog park, as grand-prize winner Bauman gets $10,000 cash and a one-year supply of Beneful brand dry dog food.
Improvements to the dog park could get under way as soon as next week.
An official opening date hasn't been set, but Cameron said he expects the work to be completed in July.
The renovations will be done by local contractors and some outside vendors.