Reva Anne Dame had a little dog named Tyler whom she loved dearly. Her concern for Tyler's well-being led to her monetary donation that helped establish a dog park in Macon. At the time of the park's opening, her donation (in stock) was reported to be worth $76,000. This money was left in trust to the Historic Macon Foundation. The fund has paid for a new fence, some landscaping, the gazebo, a drinking fountain, and the kiosk.
A group of concerned citizens formed the "Friends of the Macon Dog Park" to promote the park and to be a voice for the park patrons. The Friends of the Macon Dog Park spent a significant amount of time promoting the off-leash dog park and creating public awareness of this wonderful opportunity for dogs and their owners.
E-mails were sent out to Macon city officials as well as local organizations of interest. Fliers were created and distributed to the surrounding neighborhood as well as prominent locations where groups gather. Fliers were also liberally distributed to all veterinarians in the community and canine-centered organizations. A booth was set up at the "Paw in the Park" event and fliers were distributed to raise awareness of the Macon Dog Park.
The Friends contacted several Internet websites that list off-leash dog parks national wide. This has resulted in several visitors to the park who traveling with their dogs north and south on I-75. Visitors come from all over Georgia and occasionally from out-of-state. City Council president, Anita Ponder called the park a "destination" for Macon visitors. Fliers for the park were distributed at the Macon Visitor's Center.
The Friends gave a presentation to the Macon Kennel Club about the dog park and what we hoped it would do for the middle Georgia area. After contacting the Boy Scouts about the park as a service project, one scout volunteered to rebuild park benches. A student group from Mercer University volunteered to remove old concrete waste from the park site.
From 2004 through 2006, monthly meetings were held at the Historic Macon Foundation office to discuss how to enhance to the new park and promote it to the public. Macon Parks and Recreation officials participated in most of these meetings. Discussions included fencing off the creek to prevent dogs getting wet. The Friends recommended the creek as feature of the park.
The City of Macon's cable station, Channel 14, runs a promotional spot for the park taken from this website.
From Summer of 2004 to Spring of 2006 monthly volunteer clean-up days helped keep the park in good condition. These volunteer days were announced in the Friday Macon Telegraph in the weekend section.
The Friends kept a supply of doggie poo bags in the park from summer of 2004 until fall of 2006.
A Cafe Press web store was setup with souvenirs of the Macon Dog Park.
October 31, 2004
Cart Dog Demonstration
Disc Dog Show
Yard Sale at the park
Canine good citizenship training
flea market day at Smiley's
September 17, 2005
Responsible Dog Ownership Day
event raises $285
canine good citizenship training
October 29, 2005 First Anniversary
park naming ceremony "Tyler's Place"
November 5, 2005
a couple (humans) are married at the Dog Park
new fence installed
created small dog area
additional stop sign for safety near park entrance
directional signs to Macon Dog Park from nearby intersections
water fountain installed
total of 54 memberships
asked for volunteers to maintain watch at the park
Purchased three park benches, trash can, and poo bag dispenser from Barco
Created FaceBook page for the Macon Dog Park