Girl Scout proposes dog park in Oconto Falls

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She plans to present project in July

An Oconto Falls Girl Scout appeared before the city council on May 8 seeking approval to build a dog park for her Gold Award project.

Emily Gonnering, a junior at Oconto Falls High School and a member of Troop 4312, has been scouting for 10 years and has already earned Bronze and Silver awards.

“The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn,” she told the council. “A few requirements for the project include that it benefits the community, and it is sustainable. I will fulfill these requirements by strategically placing this dog park in town so it is readily available for those of the city.”

The idea is to have a fenced-in area for dogs to run off-leash, not unlike similar parks in area communities like De Pere, Bellevue and Howard.

Gonnering said she has already received positive feedback from a number of dog owners, and she has been in contact with City Administrator Vicki Roberts and City Attorney Larry Jeske to discuss the proposal.

“They have both shown support for this project,” she said. “Some locations were mentioned, but I would like to work with some council members to help establish an appropriate location and more ideas on what the community would like to see in this project.”

She said she hopes to present a finished proposal at the July 10 council meeting.

According to the Girl Scouts website, Gold Award projects aim to identify and solve a community need not just in the short term, but for years to come. There is a seven-step process for generating and executing a project, and successful completion can qualify the scout for college scholarships.