Old gazebo finds new life following dog park relocation
Although its sprawling spaces are festoon with elements to keep canines busy, the Cameron Dog Park’s latest edition is more suitable to its human visitors.
City workers completed relocating the gazebo at Marge McDonald Park to the Cameron Dog Park, more than three months removed from the Cameron City Council’s decision.
“[Marge McDonald Park] was an empty lot maintained by work release crews until Marge McDonald took on a effort to clean it up and make some improvements for patients a new visitors to Cameron Hospital, which used to be located across the street,” said Cameron Public Works Director Drew Bontrager while addressing the city council in May. “She got enough community involvement, volunteers, got a gazebo donated and moved there, landscaping donated and volunteers to come out. We do recognize all the efforts she put in and, when the hospital was there, I’m sure it was a great area to go across and sit in the little pocket park, have lunch and was great for patients. Of course, the hospital has moved locations.”
Bontrager requested moving the gazebo in response to significantly diminished attendance after the relocation of Cameron Regional Medical Center to its new facility off I-35. With nearly all of its amenities matched by the nearby city park/soccer complex, Bontrager requested the city allocate its resources and move the gazebo to the dog park, which until recently did not have a shade structure for humans within the gated area. With the park needing to be brought up to Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, Bontrager suggested the city instead sell the land, which he estimated the value at $15,000, and find an alternative way to honor the memory of Marge McDonald.
“What we would like to do is we’re thinking about moving that gazebo down toward the dog park; there is no shade down there,” Bontrager said. “And putting a plaque up telling the story and history of where the gazebo came from and her efforts and the hospital’s efforts as well out there. What we’re looking for from the council is to declare this surplus, then that will give us time to start the removal of the gazebo and some other improvements. We will do a few other miscellaneous improvements to it and we will take sealed bids. We did do an appraisal so we have an appraisal value of $15,000 so we will put that out as the minimum.”