Dog Park Rocks!

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Hi Dog Lovers,

It’s been awhile between blogs, here’s an update.

When Will the Park Open?

It’s the $20 million dollar question! All we know is “sometime this fall.” Fencing and gates are up but a clump of trees on a patch of wetlands has stalled driveway completion. The city is waiting for approvals to remove these trees from the Army Corps of Engineers. And then …

City Council Approvals

 Last summer, the Friends of Canandaigua Canine Campus Advisory Committee presented a recommendations report covering all aspects of dog park operations. The Finance Committee will be meeting on 10/2, 7PM, Wood Library to formally review. Full council approval is needed for items such as membership fees, rules and more. Because that discussion won’t even be introduced until 10/2, the park would not open prior to that. Dog lovers, please plan to attend this meeting. We need to continue to demonstrate our desire for the completion and opening of Canandaigua Canine Campus.


 We’ve raised almost $56,000 and are in the midst of a corporate solicitation campaign. There may be a fun fundraising event on 10/6 or 7. Details are being discussed so stay tuned for more info on this website and our Facebook page.

Our target is $78,000 so please consider making your own gift if you haven’t already. Click on “Make a Donation” to find out how to support Canandaigua Canine Campus. Every dollar and donor counts!

Pet Memorial Rock Garden

 Canandaigua Canine Campus will feature a Pet Memorial Rock Garden, the beautiful centerpiece of its outdoor lobby. Inscribed rocks and painted rocks (the gorgeous rocks in the photo above were made and donated by dog lover Jenna DeBrock) will honor the love we feel for our fur kids. Family and friends of the late Laurence Karz are underwriting the costs of the garden and benches. Installation of this garden feature is a volunteer effort and will commence in conjunction with the final stages of dog park completion. Special thanks to Sue and Pat Vitek for chairing the inscribed rock fundraising program that raised over $3,000!


 If you’ve visited the park site at 97 Buffalo Street you likely noticed there is not one tree in either play yard. Want to donate a shade tree? Contact Nancy McCarthy at

Last Licks

 It’s been a long road, folks, but our paws are near the finish line. How can YOU help? Donate, ask friends and local businesses to donate and attend the 10/2 Finance Committee Meeting.


Nancy McCarthy


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