People Power Builds Barnstable’s First Dog Park

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

A few months ago I wrote you to tell you that the Town of Barnstable had agreed to build its first dog park on land adjacent to Hathaway’s Pond, at the corner of Phinney’s Lane and the entrance to Hathaway’s pond, near Route 132. We now have a letter from the Town offering a licensing agreement that paves the way toward ground-breaking. All we need now is people power! That’s where you come in. A:s a recipient of this newsletter, you are our most important asset in spreading the word about our plans and helping us to garner support for the park. Support can mean money, and yes we’d love donations and to grow our membership, but it also means raising awareness. Here are three key messages we’d like you to share with every dog owner you know:

- Barnstable’s first dog park has been in the planning stages for three years and is expected to break ground soon on land near Hathaway’s Pond
- The park will be free to all residents and visitors – no membership or fees required
- Everyone can help by attending our fundraisers, signing up to receive our newsletters and volunteering by reaching out to
The more people you talk to, the more hearts and minds we’ll have to get this first park open. Watch this space for news and opportunities to get involved.

Let’s play!

Barbara Cappelina

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Monday, November 5th, 2012

We’re excited to report that our committee and the Town of Barnstable have agreed upon the site at the corner of Phinney’s Lane and the Hathway’s Pond Access Road as the best place to build the dog park. This is an excellent location that’s central and has easy access.Th

This consensus allows the Town and the Committee to formalize an agreement to construct the park and positions us tor more effective planning. It aso puts us in a better positoin to raise the funds we need to start construction. Thanks to our Fundraising Chair, Mary Bassing, and all the people who have supported our efforts so far, we’re making steady progress toward our goals and we look forward to stepping up our game to make this park a reality!
Thank you all so very much for your support thus far. We’ve come a long, long way in fewer than two years and we have, if not the end, in sight, at least the beginning of construction!

Barbara Cappelina

It’s Official!

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

It’s just a legal designation, but achieving 501c3 status is a huge boost to our efforts to design and build Barnstable’s first dog park. In May, we finally received confirmation that our application for non-profit, tax exempt status has been approved. This is important because it allows us to offer tax-deductable benefits to donors as well as exempts us from paying federal income taxes on the funds we raise. It also enables us to work with the Town of Barnstable to formalize our plans for site selection and develop a major gifts program from corporations and other local businesses who support this recreational asset. A big thanks goes out to Hilary Sandler and the team that worked on the application.

Barbara Cappelina


Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Recently we were asked, “What’s so difficult about building a dog park? It’s basically just a fenced area, right?”

Our Planning Committee has been hard at work for several months developing a park design concept and a proposal that includes a detailed analysis of our needs and an explanation of how we expect the Park to operate. We’re working towards creating a target for fundraising and a timeline for building and opening the park, and collaborting with the Town to finalize site selection and build community support. Looking through our website, you’ll find the guiding principles that the Committee has agreed upon for the park design and some of the fundraising efforts that we’ve scheduled for the coming months. You should also watch for community presentations in your village about the park and its progress.

I also want to personally welcome you to get involved on our Board or sub-committees. We have our annual meeting coming up in June and new Board elections. We are in dire need of help with fundraising, membership development and public relations so if you have expertise or time that you can lend please reach out to me or anyone on the Committee to express your interest. We’d love to have you “on board.”

Barbara Cappelina