The grand opening of Charlevoix Dog Park is scheduled for May 21st

CHARLEVOIX – Charlevoix Dog Park will celebrate its grand opening on May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The event includes an All Things Dog exhibit featuring local pet businesses. All donors and community members are invited.

Masters of Ceremonies are Anna and Kayla Cosens. The sisters, ages 8 and 10, held lemonade stands last summer and donated all proceeds (and then some) to the dog park.

“These young philanthropists deserve recognition for their amazing fundraising efforts,” said Kent Knorr, director of the Charlevoix Recreation Department. “They will cut the ribbon at 10am alongside their parents, Mark and Kari Cosens, chamber staff, recreation staff and other key donors with community members in attendance.”

According to Knorr, the fundraisers for the development of the dog park in Charlevoix were diverse. The City of Charlevoix partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and created an online matching campaign on with the goal of raising a $17,500 Matching Grant.

“Our fundraising efforts were exceeded with a total of $27,925. 69 patrons took part in the Patronicity fundraiser. Our full contribution from the Patronicity campaign with the match was $45,425,” reported Knorr.

In addition to this fundraiser, an anonymous person named a $50,000 donation to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. This has enabled the creation of a foundation for future maintenance and beautification projects at the dog park.

“In the years to come, we look forward to adding more engaging spaces, shady trees and amenities to make this a premier dog park,” said Knorr.

Dogs are welcome to try out the newly installed play facilities in the park and pet related businesses are invited to attend the grand opening by setting up a table/booth and promoting their products.

Charlevoix Dog Park is located on the 400 block of West Carpenter behind the ball fields. For more information, please contact Kent Knorr at (231) 547-7183 or email him [email protected]. Visit the dog park’s website at

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