Dog Jog scheduled for May 8 in Downtown Monett

Saturday, April 3, 2021
The proposed Monett Dog Park will be approximately one acre and include specific areas for larger and smaller dogs. Community members who would like to contribute to the park are invited to the first annual Dog Jog fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, May 8. Contributed photo

Fundraiser for dog park planned for people, pups

Monett residents have an opportunity to stretch their legs and help raise money for the Monett Dog Park with the community’s first Dog Jog, scheduled for May 8.

The dog park is planned for the lot on Front Street directly across from the Jerry D. Hall Memorial Pavilion in the downtown park.

Online registration for the Dog Jog is available at www.active.com. The cost is $25 for pre-registration, which includes a race T-shirt.

Registration will also open at 7 a.m. the day of the race, one hour before the 8 a.m. start time. Registration is $30 the day of the event.

The Dog Jog is open to humans and their four-legged friends, or humans who just want to stretch their legs and help raise money for the dog park.

It will be a 5K walk/run and 1-mile fun run, beginning at the downtown pavilion.

All dog breeds and humans of all athletic abilities are welcome to attend.

The event will include contests and prizes for a number of categories, including an award for the cutest dog at the jog.

Organizers are also putting a call out to community businesses and individuals who are interested in sponsoring the Dog Jog.

“We’re looking for sponsors,” said Thad Hood, event organizer and board member for Monett Main Street, the organization planning the dog park. “If you like to have a name on a banner, or if you can supply drinks or coffee, or if you want your name on the T-shirts, contact us.”

Potential sponsors can contact Hood at 417-737-9461 or Erin Carnes at 417-489-0035.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of the proposed dog park, a complementary facility that will provide additional green space adjacent to the downtown park.

The dog park has been designed by architect Richard Werner and will feature two separate areas, one for larger dogs and one for smaller breeds. A shade structure that will house doggie drinking fountains and human drinking fountains is being designed to match the Jerry D. Hall memorial pavilion next door.

The dog park will also have specially designed canine play features a special, dog-friendly walking path, donated by Hood’s company, HHR Contractors.

The paths were originally incorporated into the design of the park, but, due to budget constraints, were being considered for removal. Hood said he decided to donate the paths to ensure they could be included for the pups.

To keep the park clean, doggie waste stations with trash cans and baggies have also been incorporated into the design. Hood said community members will be responsible for cleaning up after themselves and their pets.

To make the park a reality, Monett Main Street needs to raise $75,000.

Monett Main Street is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible.

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