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  • Dog park dedication set for March 19

    Mar 09, 2016 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation will unveil a sign dedicating the dog park at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in memory of Austin Fitzgerald, a Tucson teen who died at age 19 after a 17-day battle with acute lung failure. 

    Dog playing at dog parkThe dedication will take place Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. at the park, 3482 E. River Road. District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll will serve as master of ceremonies.

    “Austin Fitzgerald was a remarkable young person whose love of dogs is undeniable,” Carroll said. “There is nothing more tragic than the loss of a young man but his devotion to his dogs, in spite of his illness, certainly warrants this dedication in his honor.”

    Fitzgerald’s family has been working with NRPR since August 2014 to raise money to enhance and revitalize the large-dog park at Brandi Fenton. Fitzgerald has loved 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.

    The improvements to the dog park include new decomposed granite surface, adding a doggie drinking fountain within the facility, new park benches, a culvert for dogs to play, hangars for dog leashes, additional trees for shade and drip irrigation. They were made with input from park users following a public meeting in August 2015.

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