The trees were not the only new additions to Bark-N-Play, however, as the Art in Public Places Committee also put in place two wooden dog statues in the park: an 8 foot statue called “American Dog” and a 4 and a half foot one named “Marley.”
“Marley” was donated to the Dog Park by Bonita Springs Deputy Mayor Stephen McIntosh and his wife Connie.
“Our new dog park is an important addition to the city’s parks and recreation system,” McIntosh commented. “Because our household would be incomplete without a dog, Connie and I donated one of artist Dale Rogers’ sculpted dogs to the city.” Marley was named after McIntosh’s family dog.
Opened in December of 2014, the Park has proven to be a welcome addition to the city by residents and visitors.
“We’ve received glowing comments about the park,” Lora Taylor, Bonita Springs Director of Communications, said. “It’s been received very well by our community.” Taylor noted that people from Fort Myers, Naples and elsewhere in Lee County regularly visit the six-acre park.
By Trent Townsend