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Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Denise Siegel
Community Development Manager - City of Plainwell
(269) 685-6821

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Plainwell Dog Park

$20,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC Public Spaces Community Places initiative


LANSING, Mich. – Cook Park in the city of Plainwell will soon see an underused space converted into a dog friendly community park for residents and dogs to enjoy with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and city of Plainwell announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 by August 18, 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:

“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 raised during this campaign will support the creation of a “bark park” and the enhancement of the existing space of Cook Park to make the park more convenient for all users. The Bark Park will include separate areas for large and small dogs along with watering stations with running water and waste stations in each. Other amenities will include benches, lighting, trash receptacles, signage in and around the park, cement, brick and pavement work that will all create a more vibrant and well-used space overall. 

“Our community has spoken and we are listening. With the help of the MEDC matching grant, Patronicity, the Plainwell Dog Park will become a reality sooner rather than later,” said Plainwell City Manager Erik Wilson. “This project shows that we value our pet friendly community and want to grow our space with them in mind.”

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

“Plainwell’s re-envisioning of Cook Park adds new vitality to this part of the community,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “It will encourage people and their pets to socialize and become more ingrained in their community.”

The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of June 15, 2017, MEDC has provided $3,766,500 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 125 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with $4.5 million raised from 19,988 individual donors.

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 For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at 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 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





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