Frustration mounts over dog park delays in Canandaigua

A funding shortfall for the proposed Canandaigua Canine Campus dog park has prompted the leader of a citizens group to announce she is done fundraising for the project, which is stalled awaiting approval to finish a driveway leading into the park.

Nancy McCarthy, who heads the group raising money for the park on Buffalo Street, said Tuesday night the park needs to be open.

McCarthy said it appears the dog park, which is located on Buffalo Street, will eventually be built, with or without “all the bells and whistles.” The park, however, was supposed to open sometime this summer, which then was pushed to fall.

“It is an outrage and disgrace that it isn’t by now,” said McCarthy, reading from prepared remarks.

McCarthy, who said she is “frustrated and astonished” by the difference between the amount of money raised and the goal set, said she is done fundraising after an event planned this Saturday.

McCarthy said the 500-strong citizens group raising funding to complete the park has raised nearly $56,000 — which is short of its $78,000 goal. That money is to be used for paving the parking lot and amenities such as benches and shade trees.

An essay outlining the need for more donations, which was published in the Daily Messenger, resulted in $75 from two new donors. She also suggested that if every licensed dog owner in the city contributed $10 each, about $24,000 more would be raised.

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