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Canines get taste of art

New dog silhouettes adorn Dallas' Central Bark

Three dog silhouettes, including this cocker spaniel, and a donor sign were installed last week at Dallas’ Central Bark dog park. The art was donated by Dallas Rotary.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

Three dog silhouettes, including this cocker spaniel, and a donor sign were installed last week at Dallas’ Central Bark dog park. The art was donated by Dallas Rotary.

December 10, 2013

DALLAS — The next time you take Fido to Central Bark, Dallas' dog park, you will notice three new canines making themselves at home.

Well, the Newfoundland, cocker spaniel, and bichon frise aren't real dogs, just metal silhouettes of dogs attached to the fences near the entrances to the park. The silhouettes were made by EVCOR of Dallas and installed last week.

The art — an idea borrowed from a dog park in Minneapolis — was donated by the Dallas Rotary Club in hopes the community will want to continue the effort.

"We want to add more dogs," said Rotary Club member Rich Hoffman, who coordinated fundraising for the first three dog silhouettes. "It just kind of dresses up the park."

Dallas City Manager Ron Foggin said the park, located at 920 SE Juniper St., is part of the Rickreall Creek Trail System master plan. The city plans to designate the dog park a trailhead for the system and hopes to make improvements, including installing more "doggie play structures" as part of that project.

"We have grander plans," Foggin said. "Currently there aren't a lot of people who know where the dog park is."

He said the Rotary fundraiser has been a good start to that effort, noting in particular Hoffman's contribution.

"It's been an absolutely great fundraising effort, taken on by volunteers," he said.

Foggin said the city also installed a sign at the park entrance to display donors' names.

For more information or to donate for improvements, contact the city manager's office at 503-831-3502.

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