The Ferguson Forest Dog Park is in Ferguson Forest just minutes from downtown Kemptville. The Park was established by the North Grenville Dog Parks Corporation with a mandate to establish and maintain designated areas within the community where dogs can safely play and exercise off leash. The land for the park was sub-leased from the Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation who leases the land from The Municipality of North Grenville.
The Corporation was established by a small group of dedicated individuals and relies on a larger network of community volunteers for events, fundraising, and infrastructure maintenance.
Funds to establish and maintain the park are generated through sponsorships, fundraising events and donations.
The attractive grass and forested area provides park patrons and their dogs with a large fenced area for large dogs and a fenced area for small dogs. Park users will find a safe facility to exercise their canine companions, as well as socialize with other dog owners. Dogs will enjoy frolicking with their owners and their dog friends in a place built just for them!
"Off leash dog parks promote good canine physical health and socialization, reducing nuisance behaviors and making dogs better canine citizens."
I believe that community involvement by citizens promotes a better society. A community is sustained by volunteers who give of their time and experience with no thought of remuneration. Having recently retired, I find myself in a position where I can now, more than ever, enhance my community giving. I have held leadership positions as a senior Naval officer in the Royal Canadian Navy and as Vice President of government relations for a large multi-national Information Technology firm. I currently hold the position of President, Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation and President of my Condominium Corporation. I have proven leadership ability working in a team environment to make things happen. I strongly encourage everyone to find a cause and volunteer; not only will you be helping others, you will be helping yourself as well.
"Healthy dogs need to run and play, and nothing exercises a dog in body and mind quite like another willing dog."
I am a dog trainer and pet sitter that has been working with Kemptville area pets for 8 years. My concern in the work I do has always been about what is good for the dogs and their owners. I teach the Walks ’N’ Wags pet first aid course to help promote better health for our canine (and feline) companions. I have fostered and helped in shelters. I’m in a rather unique position to appreciate the need for a safe, off leash area, where dogs and people can exercise and socialize. I bring a lot of dog and local knowledge to the board, along with a history of work skills running from biotech and high tech experience to fitness instruction.
I have always enjoyed seeing dogs run and play in a safe environment. As a volunteer, for the past 19 years have been with the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and currently am responsible, along with my wife, Lou, for the Guider Dogs (plastic donation dogs) in Kemptville. Being a member of Scouts Canada for 27 years as a Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures leader was awarded the Medal of Merit from the Governor General of Canada. I have held the position of secretary, treasurer and president for the Governor General's Foot Guards Association so am familiar with Board operations. My 32 years of military service, mostly as an Administrative Clerk, will be an asset in performing the duties of secretary.
Tom is a professional Engineer who works for the federal government. Born and raised in Montreal, he has lived in Kemptville for over 20 years, and is a long-time member of the North Grenville Concert Choir (NGCC) where he also sits on the NGCC's Steering Committee.
Tom currently has two German Shepherd dogs, Jax and Tara, who are both in Competitive Obedience and on their free time, enjoy running and playing in the back yard. To benefit all dogs in North Grenville and to encourage dog owners to meet and share their love of dogs, Tom has been a passionate volunteer throughout the planning and deployment of the North Grenville Dog Park, and looks forward to being involved for many years to come.