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  • Improvements to dog park topic of Aug. 31 meeting

    Aug 25, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation will hold a public meeting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, to discuss improvements for the dog park at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park made in memory of Austin Fitzgerald, a Tucson teen who died at age19 after a 17-day battle with acute lung failure. 

    Dog parkAt the public meeting, taking place under the ramada near the dog park, NRPR officials will present a draft concept plan for discussion and input from dog park users. Brandi Fenton Memorial Park is located at 3482 E. River Road.

    Fitzgerald’s family has been working with NRPR for more than a year to raise money to enhance and revitalize the large-dog park at Brandi Fenton. Fitzgerald was enamored with Huskies ever since he and his family adopted Aoki from Pima Animal Care Center, and later bought a second Husky. Fitzgerald’s goal was to rescue Huskies from PACC and place them with loving families.

    Fitzgerald’s family has raised $30,000 since his death on Dec. 3, 2013, toward improvements at the dog park. His family decided “to provide a place where all can come to love and enjoy something that was very dear to Austin’s heart,” according to the website created in his memory to raise funds for the project, www.fitzgeraldfoundation.com.

    Improvements being considered for the dog park include a shade structure, new flooring and dog exercise equipment.  All are welcome to participate in the Aug. 31 open meeting.