Landrum dog park looking for community’s help with additions

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Landrum Community Dog Park has some new additions to its half-acre park, located at the intersection of Rutherford and Boyce streets. 

Two 2-level “castle inspired” dog houses were recently gifted for canines to play on this winter in the small dog area. Funds were donated in memory of an area dog named Oreo.

As the holiday season gets into full swing, those responsible for the upkeep of the park are asking for additional items so that the park is ready for 2019.

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Suzanne Strickland, who created the dog park for her beloved Ellie in 2016, is appealing to area residents and visitors alike to make the park a thriving community landmark and gathering spot seven days a week. What many people do not realize is that the upkeep and expenses are all footed through Strickland’s restaurant, Stone Soup Market & Café, and by donations of private individuals.

“Many people that come to the dog park assume from the name that it is funded by the city of Landrum,” Strickland said. “Originally, when I approached the city for partnership, it was met with some concern, so I decided rather than postponing the idea, I would simply fund it myself with the help of community donations. I am happy to report that some of the initial skeptics are some of our most frequent visitors now.”

Some items the community is asked to contribute to is a doggie see-saw, an agility course kit, a dog walk ramp, miscellaneous toys, mulch for around the trees and a fire hydrant (or two).

Donations of these items in full or towards these items can be made by check to Suzanne Strickland or shipped direct, as was the case with the canine castles.

A spring event is being planned to celebrate the additions and announcements will be made after the first of the year. No donation is too small, and gifts of help with upkeep are also appreciated, park officials said. 

Those interested in learning more may call Strickland at 828-817-1079.

– Submitted by Mindy Wiener