LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — Many fundraisers have been canceled this year due to COVID-19, but the Lancaster community is coming together for a cause they all can agree on: dogs.
"We're hoping to really package the Village of Lancaster as a dog friendly destination. A dog park is a great asset to the community because a lot of people will go out of their way to find a dog park," said Mary. St. Mary, President of Lancaster Unleashed, the non-profit organization making this possible.
It's a joint effort with the Erie County Parks and Recreation Department. There's already a high demand in the community.
"We have to drive 20 minutes either direction either to Amherst or to Knox Farm to let my new puppy play with her new friends," said Patty Urban about her new puppy Mags.
Lancaster Unleashed held a drive-thru chicken barbecue to raise money and sold out in under 30 minutes.
"The turnout was unexpected already pre-ordered and it sold out already. People coming out of every stone unturned and saying 'hey want to do something.' Each side is doing their part to make this happen and it's exciting," said Erie County Legislator Frank Todaro, 8th District.
And if all continues to go well, you can look forward to seeing things happen this fall.
"Trees have been cut down in the area in Como Park, so the next step is for the county department of highways to put a new parking lot in there," said St. Mary
Sunday's fundraiser was a success, but they're still looking for donations.
"We think this dog park is going to be hugely popular and I think once people see progress made, then I think the dollars are gonna flow in support. It's really gonna happen so please keep track of our progress and please support us financially," said St. Mary.