scentral-park-01In 2012, after four years of planning and fundraising, the Darke County Friends of the Shelter broke ground for Scentral Park dog park. To find a name for the dog park, we had a contest and the community submitted over 165 names, of which “Scentral Park” was chosen by a committee. We celebrated the Grand Opening on Saturday, March 23, 2013 with many elected county and state officials attending.

The realization of this big project would not have been possible without the help and donations of local businesses and private donors. Every single dollar helped to accomplish the goal of building a dog park. It was a community effort: for the community, by the community and the Darke County Friends of the Shelter want to thank everyone who helped make it a reality.

“Scentral Park” is over 2 acres in size and features walking trails, off leash areas for small and large dogs, seating benches, and ample parking. The Park is open from daylight to dark and is available to all. Rules are posted for everyone to follow.

The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will continue to improve the park with more features and also maintain the park as funds become available. To cover all these expenses, the organization will hold fundraisers (please check the menu “Our Fundraisers”) and donations are also appreciated.

In August 2014 we added Shade Umbrellas to the dog park. Erisman Excavation installed them with concrete provided by Pepcon Concrete. A big “Thank You” to Erisman and Pepcon for donating the labor and concrete. The Shade Umbrellas are a wonderful addition to the Park.

Here are some impressions. Enjoy the slideshow:

The donors who helped make Scentral Park dog park a reality:

Westfall Plumbing & Heating LTD, Rosalie Schultz, Dr. Paul & Kathy Jones (Greenville Veterinary Clinic), Jeff Hole, Tailwaggers 4-H Club, Family & Friends of Anna Maxine Alexander, Tim & Krista Swensen, Kent & Gail Shafer, Susan Dilworth, Ann Bohler, Steve & Roxanne Willman, Duane & Kelly Sanning, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust, Dr. Daniel & Jenifer Berger, Maya Penny, Dr. Vincent & Candace Gibney (Edgetown Veterinary Clinic), Sam Dean, Rumpke Waste Removal & Recycling Systems, Nancy Conner, Darke Elks Benevolence Group, Hittle Buick GMC Inc., Greenville National Bank, Greenville Federal, Second National Bank, Dr. Dave & Cherie Trimble, Lisa Nadasi DVM (Oakview Veterinary Hospital), Ryan & Meredith Carpe, Mark & Barbara Snyder, William & Katherine Lohr, Gabbard Fence, Greenville Walmart, William Gearhart, John & Anne Vehre, Dr. Robert & Kathy Burns (Green Lawn Animal Hospital), Erisman Excavating, Dr. David & Ava Farst (Arcanum Veterinary Service), Gary & Jeannie Grosch, Tri-Village Key Club 2011/2012, Cynthia Ploch, Greenville Area Dog Club, Canine Capers 4-H Club, Anonymous & The Dayton Foundation, Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, C.F. Poeppelman-PEPCON Inc., Countryside Gardens Inc., Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Marilyn Wilson, John & Valerie Heck, Darke County Photography Club, Steve & Kim Burns, Chryl Akeley & Penny Cromwell, Country Metal Works, Steve & Eileen Litchfield, Denise Tomlinson, Richard & Marilyn Rhoades, Diane Evans, Darke County 4-H Committee, Carefree Connections, David & Isabel Capowski, William Ellis.