The Slidell Dog Park initiative is a project that is being facilitated by members of the Leadership Northshore Class of 2012. The five team members are Lee Cosgrove, John Gallaher, Jesse Lamonte, Amanda Hover, and Rachel Perez. The mission of Leadership Northshore is to provide “an issue oriented leadership development program that informs, motivates and increases the awareness of selected participants through seminars and interaction with community decision makers” (Leadership Northshore, 2011). As a part of the year long program, participants are required to create a project that will have a significant impact and improve the community.
Collectively the team decided that there is a desire and need to create a dog park in Slidell, LA. The completion of this project would allow dog owners the opportunity to take their dog(s) to a location on the eastern side of the parish at Fritchie Park in Slidell, LA. One of the objectives for the park is to allow dog owners a location to let their dogs run freely and exercise without being on a leash. The Camellia City Bark Park will also be an outlet for all people that own dogs to come together and socialize with their dog(s) having the benefit of exercise while roaming free within the confines of the park.
The goal is to complete a nice dog park that adds to the beauty of the community and gives something that the citizens in this community can enjoy with their dogs, friends, and families. It is also the goal to have the Dog Park completed with a contingency plan to turn the ownership, maintenance, and any future additions or improvements over to the City of Slidell.