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Fundraising for shade structure to honor Dog Park visionary Ron Buchanan

A shade structure like this one would be installed in the Bear Creek Dog Park to honor the late Ron Buchanan.
Courtesy of El Paso County Parks
Fundraising has started for a memorial to honor the late Ron Buchanan, a volunteer who led many of the major improvements at the Bear Creek Dog Park.
       At an estimated cost of about $12,000, it would be a year-round shade structure with picnic tables, a trash receptacle and a marker identifying it as the Buchanan Memorial Pavilion. It would be located somewhere (exact site not yet determined) in the free, 25-acre off-leash area at 21st and Rio Grande streets, according to Kyle Melvin, central district park supervisor for El Paso County.
       About $4,000 remains to be raised, he said.
       Buchanan died in May at age 68. In 2004, he and other local dog owners formed Lovers Of Off-Leash Parks (LOOP) (later renamed Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park), which coordinates with County Parks on improvements and maintenance.
       Before stepping down as Friends president in 2015, projects that Buchanan helped organize included full-boundary fencing, a separate “small-dog” area, a paved parking lot, a restroom with heat and electricity, creek drainage improvements, stations with cleanup bags, annual cleanup days and the recently built dog memorial structure.
       "As many of you know Ron Buchanan, Bear Creek Dog Park visionary, died May 12 after a brief illness," reads a press release from County Parks. "With his passing, it only seems appropriate to dedicate a piece of the park to him."
       For more information, contact Dana Nordstrom of County Parks at 520-6983 or dananordstrom@elpasoco.com, or go to bearcreekdogpark.com/park-services/donations.
       The 2015 Westside Pioneer article on Ron Buchanan is at this link.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 7/19/16; Outdoors: City/County Parks)

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