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Art of Community NCW podcast


EXPLORING THE POWER OF COLLABORATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

Aug 11, 2017

My guest this week is Carin Smith, the volunteer chairperson for FIDO, which stands for Friends Improving Dog Opportunities. That group has been working with the city of Wenatchee in the development of Hale Park off-leash dog area near the pedestrian bridge in Wenatchee. 

Smith, a retired veterinarian, talked her background, the effort to build the dog park and the sense of community that is being enhanced by creating a place for dog owners to let their pets interact with other dogs. The Hale Park off-leash dog area is another success in the Our Valley Our Future grass-roots community building effort.

Smith talks about the powerful fundraising effort by FIDO that led to a $30,000 FIDO contribution to the city project. She also sings the praises of City Parks Director Dave Erickson, who has championed the project. The city received nearly $600,000 in grant funding for the first phase of work.

This podcast is sponsored by Our Civil Community, cultivating vision, inclusion and leadership in the greater Wenatchee Valley. It is also sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.