Local community volunteer and animal advocate Ken Jackson has given dogs in greater Birmingham — and the humans who love them — something new to bark about! Red Mountain Park announced yesterday that Ken Jackson has given an additional gift of $100,000 to make Remy’s Dog Park come to life in 2013.
During a visit to Red Mountain Park last fall, Jackson’s enthusiasm about a designated space for dogs was sparked, resulting in a $100,000 grant to the 1,200 acre park from his donor advised fund at the Community Foundation, the ‘Mac & Tosh Fund’. As plans for Remy’s Dog Park (named for Jackson’s late Jack Russell – Shih Tzu mix, Remy) progressed, Jackson was so excited, he surprised Red Mountain Park with this additional contribution.
Speaking about this gift, Jackson commented that “this is the most gratifying – and fun! – endeavor I’ve been involved with since establishing the Remy Fund for Pets & Animal Services at the Community Foundation in 2010!”.
Remy’s Dog Park will feature three designated areas to accommodate large dogs, small dogs and special needs dogs (elderly, shy, injured or recovering). The six-acre park will feature drinking water, hoses for on-site baths, plenty of open space for running and shaded spots for resting, and Red Mountain Park anticipates they will be ready to welcome four-legged friends by the end of the year.
Animal-lovers are invited to come together to begin clearing the dog park site with two ‘Doggie Work Days’. Volunteers of all ages are welcome from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14 to clip, clear and celebrate the future home of Remy’s Dog Park. For more information, the public is encouraged to call (205) 202-6043 to sign up for the work days.