Finalists have been selected for the Franklin Street Mural Project! VOTE for your favorite here!

 Finalists have been selected for the Franklin Street Mural Project! VOTE for your favorite here!

 Finalists have been selected for the Franklin Street Mural Project! VOTE for your favorite here!

 Finalists have been selected for the Franklin Street Mural Project! VOTE for your favorite here!

Mainspring of Ephrata Wins Townie Award for Creation of Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park!

Keep up with what Mainspring is doing!

< Back to blog

Discover

Mainspring of Ephrata Wins Townie Award for Creation of Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park!

Posted on June 25, 2024 by Christine Myers

We are thrilled to announce that Mainspring of Ephrata has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center with the 2024 Townie Award for Organizational Excellence for Community Partnership! This prestigious award honors the collaborative effort that brought the Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park to life, a testament to what a community can achieve when it works together.

This journey began with an idea from the Ephrata Middle School, recognizing the need for a dedicated space for our furry friends. Mainspring of Ephrata stepped forward, forming the Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park Committee and spearheading the project. The committee then reached out to key partners – the Borough of Ephrata, Ephrata Area SD Middle School, Ephrata Rec Center, PA Government, and the Shade Tree Commission. Each played a crucial role, from securing funding to overseeing construction and planting, and maintenance.

A Community Effort Builds a Pawsome Place

The 40,000-square-foot Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park boasts separate sections for different sized breeds, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all pups. Water fountains, waste stations, ramps, benches, and even doggy Wi-Fi access points create a haven for both canine companions and their human handlers.

But the story doesn’t end there! The Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park Committee, guided by Mainspring of Ephrata, continues to enhance the park for our four-legged residents. Here’s a glimpse into some recent exciting additions:

  • New Gates and Expanded Toy Dog Area: Improved entry points and a bigger space for smaller pups to play freely.
  • Fun Tire Playground: New obstacles to keep those playful tails wagging!
  • Informative Bulletin Board: Stay updated on park news and events.
  • Shady Retreats: Newly planted trees offer welcome shade during sunny days.
  • Scout’s Helping Hand: A big thank you to the Scout’s Great 38 Pack for building ramps for the pups!

A Park Built on Teamwork

The Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park wouldn’t exist without the dedication of countless individuals and organizations. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to:

  • The Ephrata Community and Committee Members for their unwavering support.
  • The Ephrata Borough, PA Government, and Ephrata Area SD Middle School for their partnership.
  • The Shade Tree Commission for their expertise and cost-saving efforts.
  • Stradling Funeral Homes for sponsoring the memorial wall.
  • And everyone who donated, volunteered, or participated in fundraising events!

The Howl of Success

The Townie Award is a significant recognition of the collaborative spirit that made the Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park a reality. It’s a place where our community can come together, dogs can socialize and exercise, and lasting memories are made. We at Mainspring of Ephrata are incredibly proud to have played a part in this success story.

Stay tuned for future updates and events at Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park!