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City offers doggone unique Christmas gift
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Looking for a unique gift for a dog lover on your Christmas list?
The Friends of the Manteca Parks and Recreation Foundation still has customized bricks for sale that will be installed in the dog park that is nearing completion on the northwest corner of the Manteca Civic Center complex.
One brick is $100 while a second brick is $80 that allows you to personalize them with a dog’s name or an appropriate message. All proceeds will go to securing amenities for the dog park.
Payment is by cash or check and is being accepted at the Parks and Recreation office at 252 Magnolia Avenue. There are a limited number of bricks available on a first-come, first-served basis until they are sold out.
The $227,993 project is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
The dog park at the corner of Magnolia Street and Eucalyptus Avenue features a double entry gate system to prevent dogs from getting loose.
There is a drinking fountain for humans and a bowl drinking fountain for dogs as well as two trash receptacles, five dog waste stations, dog park rules sign, and bulletin board.
It has two separate areas — one for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs.
The project will also include:
uFive dog bone shaped benches.
uTen 15 gallon trees.
u194 one-gallon shrubs or groundcovers.
u13 stained paw prints set in concrete.
Among the amenities the bricks may help fund are:
uA double pointer plank jump: Essential hurdles for dogs to clear.
uWhippet walk: It is a ramp device where a dog walks up a ramp to a level stretch about two feet above the ground and then back down a ramp mon the other side.
uA Samoyed sit and stay table: The raised square platform is a tried and true dog park furnishing that helps with obedience training.
uBow Wow Barrel: A mini pike-like tunnel.
uScottie Seesaw: Basically a teeter-totter for dogs.
A large chunk of the cost — $48,600 — was for the installation of missing sidewalks along Eucalyptus Street.
There are restrooms nearby as well as off-street parking.