Dogs at Platte Landing Park in Parkville can now have more fun, thanks to Girl Scout Troop 591.
The 14-member troop is responsible for two new incline ramps, sprucing up two dog tunnels, new signage and a “Take a Toy Leave A Toy” bin at the off-leash dog park.
The girls came up with the project in order to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award, which requires each girl to 10 to 15 hours of service. The girls, frequent visitors to the park and “dog girls” all — according to their leader, Shyla Jobe — presented the city of Parkville with a volunteer proposal in April to spruce up the dog park.
After getting the go-ahead from the city the troop set out to raise about $2,300 to buy materials for the new equipment and signs.
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The girls hand-painted rustic signs with pet phrases like “Life is better with a dog” which they sold at the Farmer’s Market, by word of mouth, and at their troop garage sale, making about $1025 on the signs alone. Then $600 came in from other garage sale merchandise. With donations and discounts on materials they had enough to do the project.
The work was hands-on. The girls cut almost all the wood and did the painting with some help from their dads.
“Between building and installation I saw every one of those girls sweating and working hard and really being a part of it. They want to do more. They got a great experience out of it and they know they made a difference. They are very proud of it. That makes me proud of them,” said Jobe.
The work is much appreciated by the city of Parkville.
“These amenities that Girl Scout Troop 591 built and donated look fantastic and will be enjoyed by dogs and their owners for many years to come,” said Mayor Nan Johnston. “I’m very proud to see our younger generation donate their time and energy to improve our parks and help the community.”