We've got county park on some land that can't be developed because it's home to a water treatment plant so last year they made it into a dog park. You payed $30 for an annual pass and the dog park supplied water for the dogs, poop bags, tennis balls, and frisbees.
This year the county decided they could no longer afford to staff the park or provide the supplies listed above and they considered closing it :( We really wanted the dog park so a group of us got together an petitioned the county to let us run it on a volunteer basis, and they said yes.
Now the dog park is better than ever. We put signs up asking people to bring a gallon of water, a handful of grocery bags, and a toy or two when they visit. We've even partnered with a local AKC chapter and were able to get some dog agility equipment donated. We've also added a few picnic tables for the humans to sit at, and 2 big tents (cause there was no shade at all).
Does anyone else have an example from thier own community where a service cut turned out to have an excellent benefit?Answer Question
Answer by gammie at 9:52 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
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Answer by adnilm at 10:09 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:44 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
The food pantry and soup kitchen had trouble keeping up with the volume of people. The Catholic Church, Methodist Church & Lutheran Church started offering a monthly free supper. The meal is now weekly and the Baptist Church and Church of Christ have joined in! All the food is donated. The churches take turns hosting and those volunteering for those meals could come from any of the churches.
When we lived in a medium sized town in Ohio, each community church hosted a free community dinner... So, there was a hot, balanced meal provided to all in the area each day... With the loss of jobs, and sour economy it was a GREAT thing to see develop. To my knowledge, they are still doing it, 2 years from when it started...
Answer by LoriKeet at 12:19 PM on Jun. 8, 2011
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Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:41 PM on Jun. 8, 2011