Community Briefs

Aug 032010
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Pooches to plunge into City Park pool

Does your pup love the water? If so, mark your calendar for Aug. 15 and 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and get out to the seventh annual Pooch Plunge.

The event includes not only summer fun for your canine friend, but also a silent auction with items like canine massages and doggie day care certificates.

Tickets to the 2010 Pooch Plunge are available for $5 at City Park Pool, Edora Pool and Ice Center and the Mulberry Pool.

Tickets bought day-of are $8 per canine and two human friends are admitted with purchase. Additional non-dog attendees can buy tickets for $2.

City looking for volunteers to replace vandalized trees

The city’s forestry division is looking for volunteers to help replace 19 trees that were damaged or destroyed early last week at Spring Canyon Community Park.

Two members of the Fort Collins Forestry Division removed the last of the tree stumps from the park on Horsetooth Road Tuesday. By the end of September or early October, the city will be ready to plant new trees donated by local nurseries, said Ralph Zentz, assistant city forester.

There has been an “awesome outpouring” from local nurseries wanting to donate new trees, Zentz said. Each comes with an approximate $350 price tag –– $150 cheaper than the worth of each vandalized tree.

People who want to help plant the new trees this fall can contact the city’s General Parks Department at 970-221-6660.

With the case still under investigation, the Fort Collins Police Services has not filed any charges or made any arrests, department spokeswoman Rita Davis said.

Zentz said that while there are always random acts of vandalism committed throughout the city, there has been nothing on “this scale for many many years.”

In the late 80s and 90s, vandals cut down trees in Rolland Moore Park off of Shields Street, Zentz said. But in the end, volunteers stepped up and helped the city replant all the trees lost.

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