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Contact:

Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590
achtenbergk@michigan.org

Mike Hughes, City of Sturgis
(269) 659-7223
mhughes@sturgismi.gov

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb 3, 2017

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for the 'Sturgis Bark Park' Project

$12,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative

 

Lansing, Mich. – Old Depot Park in downtown Sturgis will soon be revitalized into a dog park for residents and pets to enjoy with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and city of Sturgis announced today. The project is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $12,000 by April 4, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: www.Patronicity.com/SturgisBarkPark.

“Public Spaces Community Places is a good resource for communities to restore and activate public spaces,” said MEDC Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to be able to partner in this effort to transform an underused lot into a community hangout for residents and their four-legged friends.”

Funding for this park includes significant repairs to infrastructure in Old Depot Park, as well as the cost for the Bark Park amenities. The Bark Park will feature watering stations with running water and waste stations will be located in both the small dog and large dog sections. The funding will also provide fencing to keep the area safe. Included in the park is ample seating to create a space for all to enjoy.

The City of Sturgis is holding a fundraiser kick-off event from noon to 4pm on Saturday, February 4 at the Doyle Community Center, located at 310 N Franks Ave. in Sturgis. The event will feature a canine theme with a variety of activities, including a presentation of plans for the Bark Park, concessions, pet portraits, and an expo featuring businesses that focus on dogs.

“From the beginning, the dog park project has been a community-led effort with strong engagement from residents,” said Mike Hughes, Sturgis city manager. “The Public Spaces Community Places program, in partnership with the Sturgis Area Community Foundation, is a perfect fit for approaching how we fund and make the dog park a reality.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.

“Placemaking comes in all shapes and sizes for the benefit of everyone, even the four-legged furry kind in the case of this crowdfunding effort in Sturgis,” said Dan Gilmartin, Michigan Municipal League CEO and Executive Director. “This initiative, if successful, will be a great draw for the area and a source of pride for Sturgis supporters, as well as their pets, for years to come.”

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community and talent development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org. Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at www.mitalent.org for more information on Michigan’s online marketplace for connecting job seekers and employers. Join the conversation on: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at mbach@mml.org and (810) 874-1073.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.

 

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