Tails will be wagging this fall with the construction of a long-awaited shade structure at the Rumsey off-leash dog park.
On Thursday, Ian Leonard, Payson PetSmart store manager, presented the Payson Town Council with an $11,000 check for a metal, weatherproof shade structure.
Construction is expected to start in August and wrap up by September.
The structure will provide a welcome respite from weather and sun.
Currently, large trees line the edges of the popular dirt dog park, but there is no place for pooches or their owners to get out of the elements.
Mayor Kenny Evans said the council really appreciates the work done to improve the park.
The dog park, just north of the library off McLane Road, opened in the spring of 1998 and is part of Payson’s Parks and Recreation system of public parks. Volunteers with Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) help maintain it.
Even before PetSmart opened March 23, it was rumored the Phoenix-based company was in talks to help the town and PAWS build the shade structure.
Leonard said PetSmart understands the importance and value of being part of the community and giving back.
All 19 employees at the store are either local or have local connections.