Dog park

The artist’s rendering of the Del Rio Community Dog Park, a facility that is scheduled to be built at Carranza Park, 608 Avenue V.

Efforts to raise funds for a community dog park will end this week.

Del Rio Parks Foundation, the organization behind the plans for the dog park, has five days left to meet their fundraising goal of $40,000.

Tuesday the foundation announced on social media outlets it is nearly halfway towards achieving their financial goal to build a dog park in the community.

At the time of report, the organization received $14,397 in donations from the public.

Since May the organization has been holding events such as “Pints for Pups” and “Bark in the Park” to help raise funds for the dog park.

Del Rio Parks Foundation President Laura Gill Vasconcellos unveiled plans for the community dog park during a meeting of the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in January.

Carranza Park, 608 Avenue V, is the proposed site for the planned dog park.

Vasconcellos said the purpose for the dog park is to make Del Rio a better home for dogs, educate the community, inspire change, influence healthy outcomes and provide a safe and social place for dogs and humans.

Ten percent of proceeds donated towards the park will be used towards the dog park’s wellness program, which aims to offer reduced cost for spays and neuters, vaccinations and microchipping.

For more information or wanting to donate can go to the website On the website, the donation tab is on the middle of the right side of the web page and people need to enter an amount for donations before clicking the green “donate” button.

Those choosing to make a paper donation can send a check to the Del Rio Parks Foundation or buy raffle tickets from the Del Rio Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital. Money from the raffle tickets will go towards the dog park fundraiser.

There will also be a “Bark in the Park” event at Carranza Park, 608 Ave. V on Saturday, from 4-7 p.m. The diagnostic hospital will do a rabies drive and provide rabies and parvo vaccinations during the event.

All proceeds from the vaccinations will benefit Del Rio’s first dog park. Awards and prizes will be presented for the most money raised by teams and individuals.

There will be vendors and organizations on site for humans and pets.

For more information, contact Vasconcellos at or at (612) 850 5619.

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Please address how diseased animals are going to be kept out of the park. Once a parvo infected or other sick animal contaminants the park no pets will be safe, vaccinated or not.

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