FREDdy spaghetti dinner supports Bark Park

At its Feb. 26 meeting, the Exeter City Council recognized Patrick Hewitt for his Eagle Scout project of adding an arbor to the Exeter Bark Park.

Mayor Pro-Tem Jack Allwardt, who wrote a letter of recommendation for the project, presented Hewitt with a certificate from the City Council for a job well done and on being a recent recipient of the Boy Scouts highest honor.

Members of the Friends of Residential Exeter Dogs (FRED) attended Hewitt’s Eagle Scout ceremony on Feb. 9 to honor and thank Hewitt for his dedication to his Eagle Scout project and for building the shade structure at the Exeter Bark Park. The shade will provide additional comfort to the park, especially during the long hot summer months to invite patrons to visit the park with their dogs.

FRED spokesperson Mike Germaine said the arbor is the most recent but not the last improvement that will be made to the park. FRED will hold a fund-raiser this weekend to help make additional improvements to the park. The group’s annual “Ready FREDdy Tonight’s Spaghetti” will be held on Sunday, March 10 at Pete’s Fresh Grill. Germaine said the fund-raiser is a takeout dinner for $10 which includes spaghetti dinner with salad, garlic bread and dessert. Meals can be pre-ordered and picked up anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“People ask us why we are still fund-raising when we have a dog park,” Germaine said. “We want this to be the best dog park in the Central Valley.”

Germaine said the fund-raiser will help purchase new chairs and a new dog pool for the park, located on F Street just north of Pine Street in Exeter. The Bark Park opened in April 2011. The group started a petition for the park in 2008. In 2009 they turned in petition to the city and received council approval. After multiple fund raisers from Barko-Bingo to Fall Festival and a donation from the chili cook-off, the park began to take shape. Architect Lyle Munch drew up blueprints and computer generated imagesof the park. Construction began last year and soon, Exeter’s canine companions were flocking to the property.

If you are interested in donating to the FRED group to help support continued improvements at the park or purchasing tickets, call Mike Germaine at 559-592-5396. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and may be purchased from FRED members, at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce or Tangles Salon.

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