The Friends of the Mobile Dog Park is drumming up community support and looking for volunteers as they wait to receive 501 (c) (3) tax exemption status. The Friends of the Mobile Dog Park is the brainchild of Danny Weemes, who started the organization in 2008 to raise funds for Mobile’s first dog park. But without tax exemption status, Weemes’ organization was only raising pennies, and making little progress toward their goal of $60,000, which is the estimated sum needed to build the park.
Once the Friends of the Mobile Dog Park is a 501 (c) (3) organization, they will be able to solicit building materials from local businesses and contributions from larger public and private organizations, but, until then, they are trying to spread the word and get the Mobile community excited about its first dog park. Currently, Mobilians have to drive across the bay to Daphne to let their pups run and play off leash.
Located in Medal of Honor Park, also known as Cottage Hill Park, the dog park will be a total of 4 acres: one acre set aside for smaller dogs and 3 acres for larger breeds. An itemized budget for the park can be found at mobiledogpark.org. To keep up with the dog park’s progress, become a fan of the Friends of the Mobile Dog Park on Facebook, or join the Facebook group.