Park Pals volunteers had lots of fun working with Santa! We were at Petco and Simply Paws. Charlie Dennis, owner of Sweet Pea Photography, volunteered to be the photographer at these events. He took wonderful pictures that sometimes included human family members as well as canine ones. Our most unusual family group included a “house” goat!
The first bunch of tribute bricks has finally been installed at the park entrance! Although we had ordered bricks last winter, the quality of those bricks and engraving was inconsistent so the board decided to use a different supplier and ordered replacements. That company will do the engraving in the future.
Each brick represents a special meaning or memory to the purchaser and/or patrons. Some of the bricks commemorate parties that were instrumental in seeking legalization for an off-leash park at French Lake.
Kevin Morris was one of the people who participated in convincing the City Council that Federal Way needed an off-leash park. He foresaw that a non-profit organization would be beneficial to raise funds for park improvements and was one of the original incorporators of Park Pals. He loved his half Shepherd-half Great Dane,”Butt Butt”. Butt Butt was well trained, but often reminded many of us of Scooby Doo. Both are gone, but will be remembered fondly by those of us who patronized the park in its earlier years.
The name “Park Pals” was inspired by Mandy, an Airedale, whose people took her to the park daily. She loved to visit the pals she made at the park, especially those who gave out treats! When the group needed a name to identify those who supported getting the park declared legally off-leash, Park Pals was suggested by Mandy’s person.
The tribute area will grow as more bricks are purchased. The bricks will be a beautiful and lasting tribute to your friends and beloved doggie companions! All proceeds from new brick orders will go toward our next project to benefit French Lake Park and its patrons.