Sixth Annual Meeting

We’ll have a quick recap of projects completed in 2018, plans for 2019, and thank yous to our volunteers–then on to our speaker, Marsha Perelman.  To be updated when more information becomes available!

Santa Paws is Coming to Town

Santa Paws with Brownie and Baxter

This year, once again, Santa Paws will visit the park, bringing a treat to each good dog and cocoa and a cupcake for their people!  He will pose for a photo if you want a picture of your dog with Santa Paws.  In keeping with the holiday spirit, this  annual fundraiser benefits local dogs and other pets that are less fortunate than our own dogs.  All donations will go to the Pennsylvania S.P.C.A.   Cash or checks are accepted — If you wish to donate via check, make your check payable to P.S.P.C.A.

Friends of WMC Holiday Lunch

If you’d like to attend our holiday lunch, choose one Entrée per person. Send your choice, along with your check for $35 per person payable to Friends of WMC Park, to Ellen Reese, Treasurer, 727 Stradone Rd, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004:

Entrees (choose one per person):

  1. Quiche du Jour (Chef’s Choice)
  2. Grilled Shorty – Signature Burgundy Braised Black Angus Short Rib Pieces & Gruyere Cheese Grilled on Toasted Brioche
  3. Traditional Croque Madame Or Croque Monsieur Open Faced Sandwich
  4. Cheese Omelet
  5. Poulet Maison – Pan Seared Boneless, Skinless Pounded Chicken Breast Served With Béchamel
  6. Crepe du Jour – Selection of Two (2) Traditional French Crepes (Chef’s Choice)

The lunch will also include soft drink, choice of Salade Maison or special house French fries, and a French dessert, a choice from a pastry tray.

 

Holiday Lunch Menu Choice and Directions

Our holiday lunch will take place on Wednesday, December 5, at 12:30 pm at the A La Maison restaurant, 53 W. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore PA.

If you’d like to attend our holiday lunch, choose one Entrée per person. Send your choice, along with your check for $35 per person payable to Friends of WMC Park, to Ellen Reese, Treasurer, 727 Stradone Rd, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004:

Entrees (choose one per person):

  1. Quiche du Jour (Chef’s Choice)
  2. Grilled Shorty – Signature Burgundy Braised Black Angus Short Rib Pieces & Gruyere Cheese Grilled on Toasted Brioche
  3. Traditional Croque Madame Or Croque Monsieur Open Faced Sandwich
  4. Cheese Omelet
  5. Poulet Maison – Pan Seared Boneless, Skinless Pounded Chicken Breast Served With Béchamel
  6. Crepe du Jour – Selection of Two (2) Traditional French Crepes (Chef’s Choice)

The lunch will also include soft drink, choice of Salade Maison or special house French fries, and a dessert.

 

Dog Memorial Log/Howl-o-Ween: Two Events on One Day!

At 2 pm on Sunday, October 28, we will inaugurate our new Friends of West Mill Creek Park Dog Memorial Log.  This log, the fallen cherry tree near the park entrance, is an especially fitting memorial log  to our departed canine park regulars — though the tree fell several years ago, it still puts out green shoots each Spring.  We invite our members to place a departed dog’s I.D. tag on the log using the nails provided.  If you can’t make it on the 28th, you can still add your dog’s memorial tag any time.

Following the Dog Memorial Log inauguration, we will host a Howl-o-Ween parade.  Bring your dog in costume for a fun photo opportunity of your dog and his or her friends!  Every dog in costume gets a Howloween treat, and if he or she does a trick, an extra treat and maybe a chance for YouTube stardom!

 

Fall Planting Day 2018

With the aid of the Township Parks crew and our faithful Member volunteers, we will be planting shrubs, trees, and perennials to enhance our Park ecology and of course, to reduce mud.  Bring work gloves if you have them (extras will be on hand) to help in the effort!  Light refreshments will be provided.  As always, come and go as you please — no need to stay the entire time

Yet Another Weeding Day

The favour of your company is requested at our West Mill Creek Wildlife Garden Weeding Day

at the West Mill Creek Park Wildlife and Respite Garden. . . .

Bring garden gloves and your favorite weeding implement.  Water, Kind Bars, and good fellowship will be provided.

Dog Aggression

Trouble in Paradise?   Tips from Friends of West Mill Creek Park on how to handle dog aggression at the park

If you have an issue with an aggressive dog at the park . . .

  • As a first step, try a polite and civil conversation with the owner of the dog you are concerned about. Sometimes a creative solution can be found.  For instance, we had one situation that was resolved when the owner agreed to keep the dog muzzled while at the park.  Or, if the problem is not severe, the owners could try a mutual agreement to keep on opposite sides of the park, or to visit the park at different times.
  • If that does not work, especially if there is an injury to you or your dog, the next step is to notify Lower Merion Animal Control at 610-649-1000. Animal Control will send an officer to take your statement.  (Note:  The Lower Merion Department of Parks & Recreation administers the Off Leash Permit program, but they cannot take action absent a police report.)
  • After you have given a statement to the police, you can proceed to notify Donna Heller, Director of the L.M. Department of Parks & Recreation, at dheller@lowermerion.org , or (610) 645-6220.  Parks & Rec will review the situation and, if circumstances warrant, may revoke the off leash permit of the offending dog.
  • In all cases where there has been an injury to a person or dog, it is a good idea to document that with photos and/or a visit to the doctor or vet (as the case may be).

If you are the owner of a dog that may have injured another dog or person at the park . . .

  • After the dogs are safely separated, best practice is to contact the other owner, ask whether owner and dog are ok, and where appropriate offer to pay for any damage caused. This can be very hard because both you and the other owner may be upset, but apologies or expressions of concern go a long way to ease tensions and promote a civil atmosphere at the park.
  • Just because you have an incident does not mean your dog’s off leash permit can or should be revoked.  Accidents happen.  But remember .  .  .  NOT ALL DOGS ARE SUITABLE FOR OFF LEASH DOG PARKS. A dog may be a fine dog and a beloved family member, but still not a good candidate for off leash privileges in a public park.

Role of Friends of West Mill Creek Park

To keep our dog park a friendly and welcoming place, concerns about habitually aggressive dogs must be addressed.  Our policy is to rely on the police and township to referee disputes over dog aggression.

  • Our organization is not trained or equipped to arbitrate disputes among dog park visitors. Our role in this area is strictly limited to providing educational information to help people resolve issues as amicably as possible through the proper channels.
  • We cooperate with any inquiries about aggressive dog incidents from the police or the Lower Merion Department of Parks and Recreation.

See also our companion brochure, “Etiquette:  10 Tips for a Great Dog Park Experience,” for some really good general guidelines on avoiding common dog park problems.  Copies are usually available in the kiosk, and it is also available under the “Gettin’ Along” tab on our website.

Another Weeding Day

The favour of your company is requested at our West Mill Creek Wildlife Garden Weeding Day

at the West Mill Creek Park Wildlife and Respite Garden. . . .

Bring garden gloves and your favorite weeding implement.  Water, Kind Bars, and good fellowship will be provided.

Our Weeding Day

The favour of your company is requested at our West Mill Creek Wildlife Garden Weeding Day

at the West Mill Creek Park Wildlife and Respite Garden. . . .

Bring garden gloves and your favorite weeding implement.  Water, Kind Bars, and good fellowship will be provided.