Barrybrooke Village Homes Association
REPURPOSING THE TENNIS COURT INTO A DOG PARK!
FROM THE BOARD:
Over the past year at the board meetings we have asked for suggestions as to what to do with the unsightly and unused tennis courts. They are indeed an eyesore. Several ideas have been offered and we have done our best to evaluate them. First we investigated how much it would cost to have the courts totally removed. It would cost more than $10,000, so we were hesitant to do that.
Community gardens with raised beds were vetoed since there was no access to water and also we worried those young vandals who prey on BBV would destroy the plantings anyway. We felt the best idea brought forward was that of turning the spot into a dog park where our Pooch People can take their socialized dogs to run off leash.
Rachel Hart (resident) has generously done lots of research and come up with figures to repair the fence, put down mulch, and add several things like poo dispensers/bags…and also maybe a small agility course. While we cannot assure you that this will add value to your property…our gut feeling is that it will. We think many prospective buyers would see this as an added value to have a special place for Fido to go visit friends! We do know that it will be much better than what is there now.
We will also set up benches or a table and chairs for the pooch parents. Now the part we would like to address is this…we would like to get as many donations as possible to offset the cost of doing this conversion. On the high end we think it might take as much as $2,500 with the highest cost being mulch…which we are trying to find at a much cheaper cost.
There will be rules in place for cleaning up after your pooch and also keeping their behavior acceptable. We already have volunteers who will make sure the area stays quite presentable. The goal is to try to accomplish this without tapping our regular funds if at all possible.
Now we are not sure exactly how many residents actually have dogs and would use the park…but judging by the dog walkers I would say quite a few. Most are quite social and very friendly, (owners and pooches!!) We need donations now….any amount.
If you are a pooch owner (or maybe just an animal lover) we would appreciate your sending donations to Area Real Estate, P.O. Box 110, Independence, MO 64051 and make out checks to Barrybrooke Village HOA and note that it is for dog park…or you can just drop them off at Cheryl Bordewick’s house 8251 N Revere. Cash is more than welcome too.
We are also going to include the Barrybrooke on the Lake folks and ask for a $100 donation if they want to use it and this will help with the cost. Donate and your name will go on a sign or plaque that will be displayed at the park.
Be a donor:
Platinum: $100 (4 installments of $25.00)
Gold: $75 (2 installments of $37.50)
Feral Cat Update:
Compared to this time last year we are in much better shape. In total I believe we have trapped and fixed about 22 cats. This year we have 3 pregnant cats. One had kittens and I have a foster home for her and the babies. One is a black and white cat who has had her litter but I don’t know where. The third is a striped cat that has not had her kittens yet. If you are willing to foster a litter or would like a kitten, please contact me. Melanie Bartch, 876-1622.
It appears that everyone has stopped feeding on their porches. Thank YOU!! This is encouraging all of the cats to eat at the colony and will keep them out of the middle of Barrybrooke. Please be on a look out for kittens so they can be removed as soon as they are old enough. My hope is that next spring all will be fixed and we will have no kittens