By Gwyneth J. Saunders
By the July 31 voting deadline, Friends of the Bluffton Dog Park had a long way to go to get close to the leaders in the PetSafe Bark for your Park contest.
Having made it through the first stage, park supporters made a huge push for the $100,000 first prize, but the town trailed by more than 100,000 votes. That’s not stopping work on funding the park, a dog lovers’ project that has been in the works for more than six years.
“It was a small group of dedicated ladies who started this and we’re going to keep working on it,” said Board of Directors President William Grooms. “Just building the park isn’t where our financial responsibility ends.”
Grooms said the site in the Buckwalter sports complex will require payment on a million dollar insurance policy and continued maintenance and upkeep.
“We’ve been working on a fundraiser at Station 300 that is tentatively set for the end of August (Editor’s note: keep an eye on www.hiltonheadmonthly.com for updates). There’s the annual Bark in the Park in early November,” Grooms said, “and we are looking at maybe a golf tournament early in 2013.”