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Baxter's Park Closer To Reality

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) One hundred twenty dogs... four hours... and plenty of room to roam at Dierkes Lake.

Saturday was the last fundraising effort to raise money for Baxter's Park.

"It was very, very productive," said Leah Scrimpsher, dog owner.

The City and The Magic Valley Canine Social Club are partnering to build the community's first dog park.

"It's become more apparent that we do need a dog park. Lots of other local cities have a dog park and everybody that is moving into the area, is going hey where is Twin Falls' dog park? So it's becoming obvious that we need a dog park," Scrimpsher said.

So far, several members of the community have stepped up to donate.

"Dr. Marty Becker and his mother donated over $30,000, we had Marcia Lanting donate $10,000 and we had to raise $10,000 to get that 10,000. So already there's $40,000 there. The last time I talked to Dennis Bowyer, we needed another 65,000 for it for the curbs and the sidewalks on the Blake side of the street," Scrimpsher explained.

A softball field at Harmon Park will double as a temporary dog park starting Monday.

"We've had two temporary parks before, the first time it was at Frontier Field and was very successful, so then we were able to get Harmon Park last year and then we got it again," Scrimpsher said.

Baxter's Park is scheduled to open next June at the corner of Blake and Shoup.

You can still buy a memorial brick to be placed in the "bull pen" at Baxter's Park. The bricks should be on sale through the holidays 2013. The order form can be found at www.twinfallscommunityfoundation.org for $50 a brick. Donations to Baxter's Park can also be made at www.twinfallscommunityfoundation.org


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