October 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Event Date: September 21
INDIANAPOLIS—The family of the late Gordon G. Gilmer, former 1st District City-County Councilor from Pike Township, is hosting an anniversary event to rededicate the Gordon Gilmer Canine Companion Zone (Gordon Gilmer CCZ) and unveil a new canine wooden statue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, sponsored by Indy Parks and the Eagle Creek Park Foundation.
Prior to Gilmer’s retirement from the council, Eagle Creek’s bark park, located at 5900 N. High School Road, was officially renamed the Gordon Gilmer Canine Companion Zone in October 1999. At that time, a chainsaw carving of MacKenzie (“Mac”), Gilmer’s beloved yellow labrador retriever, was erected as the bark park’s unofficial mascot.
Gilmer was a visionary who worked hard throughout his many years of public service to preserve Eagle Creek Park. Widely known as the “Mayor of Pike Township,” Gilmer and Mac spent many hours together walking the trails of the park.
The event is free to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs, and will receive a free pooch day pass. The first 150 registrants receive a free red “Welcome Back Mac!” bandana. Proof of vaccinations (Parvo, rabies, distemper and bordetella) is required.
The event schedule is:
11 a.m. – Canine CPR Demo by Fetch Dog Resort
11:30 p.m. – Disc Dog Performance with Indy Dog & Disc Club
12:30 p.m. – New MacKenzie Carving Unveiling & Rededication of the Gilmer Canine Companion Zone, emceed by WISH-TV’s Drew Blair
1:30 p.m. – Playdate Workshop with Indy Dog & Disc Club
2:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremony — The Walking of the Dogs
Other special features include musical entertainment by DJ Dr. Dance, area animal rescues with adoptable pets, nail trims and food trucks.
The Eagle Creek Park Foundation is accepting charitable donations for improvements to the Gordon Gilmer CCZ, and can also be earmarked online at EagleCreekPark.org.