The Perry Paw Dog Park committee met with the Baltimore County Executive and Chief of Staff this afternoon. It was very encouraging. More info as it becomes available.
As many of you know, we have been working toward building the Perry Paw Dog Park to be located at Honeygo Regional Park. The Perry Paw Dog Park committee has been approved as a self-operating entity within the Perry Hall Recreation Council.
We began this mission with the understanding that Baltimore County had no funding available for a dog park. To date, Baltimore County has fully funded two dog parks – (Paw Point Dog Park and Hannah More Dog Park). Perry Paw Dog Park was the third proposed dog park in the County and first to be accountable for its own funding. While this was not exactly how we had hoped to move forward, we understood that current economic conditions affect this type of financial support and we accepted the challenge. The Department of Parks and Recreation granted use of a designated location at Honeygo Regional Park, but funding all additional costs involved is currently left to the citizens and businesses willing to support its construction. Over the past year, we have raised approximately $20,000. For that, we are truly grateful.
Much more money is needed in order to make Perry Paw Dog Park a reality. We were told that the fourth proposed dog park will be in Dundalk and it will receive County funding. There will now be a total of four dog parks in Baltimore County with only one having to pay its own way. We are without a clear explanation as to why. Why should the Perry Hall residents be the only County citizens to have to pay for their dog park?
Our County Councilman, David Marks, has been a strong advocate for our dog park and helped secure the location and obtain funding. Other elected officials, such as Senator Kathy Klausmeier and Delegate Eric Bromwell have also helped. Not only will we continue to ask for donations, but we are asking you to contact our County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz to ask for his support by providing funding for Perry Paw Dog Park. Kevin Kamenetz is currently developing the County’s budget to present to the County Council.
Now is the time to let him know we want funding for the Perry Paw Dog Park. We need everyone’s help. We’ve heard from you. We know that you want this park. Now, we need Mr. Kamenetz to hear you, too. Please contact our County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz to ask for his support by providing funding for Perry Paw Dog Park.
Here’s his contact info
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
400 Washington Avenue, Mailstop 2M01A
Old Courthouse Mezzanine
Towson, Maryland 21204
Please be firm but polite and ask for his help.
Please visit our website and Facebook page for info as it becomes available.
The Perry Paw Dog Park Committee