LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin's new dog park at Grace Dunne Richardson Park is nearing completion.
Volunteers with the 2015 Leadership Lufkin class spent the day installing benches and other items needed before the park can be used. The members of the class come from different companies in the Lufkin area and gave up a morning at the office to complete the work.
"It is good to get to step out from our day to day job and work in the community," Bryan Tyler said.
The class decided to build the park after they sent out a survey about future projects that should be done in Lufkin.
"We got the numbers from the survey on what people wanted in the community," class President John Fullbright III said. "This was one of the top things so we said let's go after it."
For some member Ashley Hitchcock, the project was a welcome site.
"That's what I wanted to do," Hitchcock said. "I've been trying to get a dog park for a while, so I was excited when they said we were going to do it."
The class had to get approval for the project from The Angelina Chamber of Commerce and the city of Lufkin. Members say that was the easy part and that the real hard part was getting the $44,000 needed to make the park a reality.
The hardest part was getting out there, beating the streets for the money," Tyler said. [It was] selling the donation packages and just raising awareness of the dog park."
Despite the the challenges in raising the money, Fullbright said he was happily shocked when the donations came in faster than planned.
"Everybody is anticipating it coming," Fullbright said. "I get stopped all the time and get asked, when is it going to be built, when is it going to be built."
Fullbright said the group will have one more work day at the site to finish up the final touches before the opening.
"We will be having the opening on May 16 and 9 in the morning," Fullbright said. "We are asking everyone to stay patient and wait until then to use the park. We just want to make sure everything is set and ready before you bring your dogs out."