DOG PARK: Small steps for city, pets

Does progress in the city of Dunkirk include a dog park? You bet it does.

Through the work of volunteers and the support of the Dunkirk Purina plant, a new facility for man’s — and woman’s — best friend is not far off. Last week, the city announced a location at 855 Main St. Extension that was donated by Robert Jeysman.

“On behalf of all of the pet lovers at Purina, we are happy to help make this dog park dream a reality,” said Ron Bowers, plant manager at Purina’s Dunkirk pet food manufacturing facility. “Pets are at the heart of the work we do every day, and having a dog park in our community will be a great asset for residents and visitors alike. Pets have a great way of bringing people together.”

Purina donated $10,000 to the effort and more money is needed. And while the dog park does not bring with it a major boost to the economy or new jobs, it is something that adds to the value of the city and has the potential to draw others from the region at a small price of $5 as each pet must be registered to use the park.