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On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the Waukee Leadership Institute Class of 2021 cut the ribbon to celebrate the installation of a new shade structure and bench at Trailside Dog Park. The group raised more than $13,000 for the new amenities. Part of the contributions came by way of the class selling bones that are now placed along the fence in the dog park. These bones show sponsor company names, current pets and some pets that have passed.
"The great thing about the bone idea is that the Parks & Rec Department can continue to offer these and place them around the park," said WLI Class Member and Waukee City Council Member. "Any funds raised then can help with future improvements."
Crone said the class even has funds remaining with which they hope to donate to a local non-profit organization.
Parks & Rec staff members provided the labor for the project. They put the bones up on the fencing, poured the concrete pad, and installed the shade structure and the bench.
"The City of Waukee and the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department are extremely grateful for the efforts of this Waukee Leadership Class," said Waukee Assistant Parks & Recreation Director Josh VandeKamp.
The Waukee Leadership Institute develops leaders in Waukee, with an emphasis on community involvement. This year's class includes: