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Canandaigua Canine Campus funding picture cleared

About $60,000 in city funding earmarked specifically for parks uses will help work begin in earnest on the Canandaigua Canine Campus.

City Council on Thursday night will consider appropriating money from the Parks, Playgrounds and Open Space fund for the proposed dog park, which would be built off Buffalo Street.

Preliminary clearing work has already started at the location.

The bulk of the first phase will consist of fencing and parking area, according to City Manager John Goodwin.

The original hope was to use a state grant to help fund the park, in combination with money raised by a grassroots citizens group. The group is still raising money, however; the city was not awarded the grant.

The parks fund, which has been used to help Kershaw Park, will virtually be depleted, if Council gives the OK to use monies for the dog park. Goodwin said he expects the fund will be replenished with new construction projects such as the second phase of the Pinnacle North project on Lakeshore Drive and other developments, Goodwin said.

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