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Fundraiser set Saturday for Firestone’s new dog park

Jerry and Heidi Dattilio and their dogs, Brodie and Ruby.

COLUMBIANA — The Restoration and Beautification Committee of Columbiana is holding Bark in the Park on Saturday. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.

Vendors will gather in front of the future site of Firestone Dog Park. Attendees will need to go to the walking paths behind the baseball fields at Firestone Park where the Little Clippers practice football.

Vendors include Paws on Main, Pampered Pup, All Paws Are Perfect Rescue, Bailey Watson Photography and Blue Ribbon Chiropractic’s Dr. Lisa Braden. The Waggin Wagon will also make its debut at Bark in the Park with its all-natural treats and dog friendly frozen yogurt.

The event will feature special events like trick demos at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will also be a doggy costume contest at 12:30 p.m. There will be ear painting for dogs, hourly drawings and grab bags.

Heidi Dattilio of the Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to building momentum fundraising for the dog park.

“I’m excited to really get the opportunity to speak with the community and dog lovers about the dog park and really answer any questions that people are having and get to see any feedback from the community,” said Dattilio.

Dattilio said the dog park will be a great addition to the community and benefits both owners and their pets.

The dog park will allow elderly or disabled dog owners to exercise their dogs in a safe area. The dog park will be a place pet-owners from Columbiana and surrounding communities can communicate and build friendships.

“You can set up play dates for your dog, with other dogs they may like, you can develop lifelong friendships of other dog owners, same with your dogs,” said Dattilio.

Dattilio also wanted to remind residents that Rick McBane is still matching all donations made in the month of April up to $20,000.

“Every little bit helps, it doesn’t have to be these large grand gestures,” Dattilio said.

Columbiana is a competitor for a $25,000 grant from PetSafe through the annual Bark for Your Park competition. Computers will be set up at Bark in the Park to vote for Columbiana to be awarded with the funds.

“If you have questions about what the dog park is going to be, come and look for yourself. We will be happy to answer any questions that anyone has, and I would love to see the community rally around and support this dog park,” said Dattilio.

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