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Columbiana councilman adds a boost to dog park funding campaign

COLUMBIANA — City Councilman Richard McBane is helping residents and the Restoration and Beautification committee come closer to bringing a dog park to the area. McBane is matching donations made to the Firestone Dog Park campaign throughout April. McBane will match funds up to $20,000.

McBane recalls visiting several dog parks throughout his travels and wanted to bring the feature home.

Donations can be made online through GoFund Me at https://gf.me/u/y8t5wu and through the webpage www.RestoreColumbiana.com. If residents prefer to send a check, checks should make it payable to R&B/FDP and sent to P.O. Box 53, Columbiana, OH 44408.

The dog park would have features like water stations, stations to clean up dog waste, benches and shade trees. McBane projects that current fundraising goals would allow for an acre to be used, ideally based inside Firestone Park.

“I think there may be a little bit more land available if we are able raise more money, we just have to see, the fencing and all that other stuff costs money,” McBane said

The fundraising goal for the dog park is set at $80,000. If more money is donated McBane hopes to add things like a small doggie pool that McBane said would be great for dogs who are running and playing.

“Its a place where people gather with their dogs and there’s a lot of community interaction in a dog park and I think that’s really valuable,” McBane said.

“Restoration & Beautification’s ongoing efforts in Harvey S. Firestone Recreational Park build upon Mr. Firestone’s vision to give back to Columbiana by creating a recreational space that enhances the outdoor experience of residents and visitors alike,” said R&B member Pat Tingle. “This generous matching gift by Richard McBane ensures that our beloved four-footed companions benefit as well with a designated area to run, jump and play — the Firestone Dog Park.”

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