No Doggie Paddles during the Summer of 2020

We are sad to say, with an abundance of caution that this year’s Doggie Paddles are canceled.

We are still working up at the beach in very small groups to keep it up and ready for the 2021 season. If you would like to join one of our crews please reach out to us at or 920.267.5650.

Dog Park Update 6-14-20

Best Friends Dog Park is OPEN. The porta- johns (porta potty) are returning and the water is on.

PLEASE practice social distancing.

You are at your own risk. The porta-johns are cleaned 2xs a week. This is up from 1x a week. Touchpoints such as gates, boxes, etc, are NOT cleaned.

Please check back often and watch our social media for the most current updates.

Best Friends Dog Park is now OPEN! as of May 15, 2020

Thank you, Everyone, as the Parks department worked on Best Friends Dog Park. We do have areas that remain vulnerable. The Parks crew will continue seeding the spots they haven’t yet got to.  Several of those areas will then be fenced-in; presently there is no fencing out there. PLEASE use the park gently, clean up after your pup, and enjoy.

The Parks Department is following the State Parks System model in making its COVID response decisions.  With that in mind, the porta john will not be placed in the parking lot until action has been taken by the State Parks System in the placement of their porta john units and safety.

Best Friends Dog Park Closed until Further Notice effective March 25, 2020

5-5-20 UPDATE The Parks Department is still working in Best Friends Dog Park. The Dog Park is very wet yet slowing installation of drain tile. In the long run, the expectation is the drain tile will help with our water challenge. E-Matting was installed on the “slope” in the back part of the park to help with wear and tear. We do NOT have a confirmed date for Best Friends Dog Park in Winnebago County Community Park to open back up. Pray for warm sunny days and no rain to help move this along faster. Thank you, everyone!

UPDATE: Outagamie Dog Park is OPENING back up. Best Friends Dog Park in Winnebago County Community Park WILL REMAIN CLOSED until further notice. In talking with the County Parks Dept, they are going to use this opportunity to repair some of our “Mud” areas and seeding, fencing around the areas before we reopen. We will keep you posted as we get more information and timelines. Please remember you CAN walk your dog in County Park ON LEASH ON THE SHARED USE PATHS ONLY. You can also walk your dogs on the trails.PLEASE pick up after your dogs and properly dispose of our collections.

2018 FWCDP Fundraising Events

2018 FWCDP will increase fundraising activity!
March will bring the first of Six total,  Dine Out Nights scheduled.

  • March 26th – Buffalo Wild Wing
  • April 23rd – Benvenuto’s Italian Grill
  • May 22nd – Panera Bread
  • Sept 18th – HOLD
  • Oct 16th – Benvenuto’s Italian Grill
  • Nov 15th – Panera Bread

Brat Fry!  April 14th at Neenah Festival Foods
2018-2019 Calendar sales starting this summer
Doggie Paddles

  • June 10
  • July 22
  • Aug 5
  • Aug 26

2018 Winnebago Pet Expo – October 6th 2018
And More to Come!!  Check out the events calendar for more details on the events

FWCDP Board Member Update

March 2018
Here is a quick update on board members
Katie Reichenberger joined the organization in the late summer of 2017.  Katie R, volunteered  for a clean up day and has been with us ever since.  Katie R, is our current Vice President, learning and growing the group as much as she can to take over for Michelle Kennedy, President one day.  To learn more about Katie R Click here.
Katie Kinnon step away from a board position in summer of 2017.
Gwen Grosskopf is FWCDP Secretary and has been with FWCDP since its inception in various roles.
Dorothy Walbrun is FWCDP, Volunteer Coordinator.  Dorothy and her husband Bruce have been using the dog park since its opening.
Norm Eslinger & Bruce Walbrun are Best Friends Dog Park Maintenance.  They are part of the day to day keeping an eye on the dog park.  Ensuring we have bags in the boxes, holes are repairs and projects are brought to everyone attention.  North and Bruce are long time users of Best Friends Dog Park.
At this time we are having monthly board meetings to organize.  We we publish when public meetings will resume.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us 920.267.7801 or

Amazon Smile supports Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks

Do you like to shop online? Do you like to help the dog park!

Here is a TWO for one!  Amazon Smile program allows you to shop as you would and if you designate “Friends of Winnebago County Dog Parks, Inc” as you charity, we will get .5% donated.
It is free to you, just sign up, and shop.  Amazon does the rest.

About AmazonSmile

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.


How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.
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Winnebago County Community Park Survey

Winnebago County Parks Department is looking for your feedback. Please take a few minutes fill out the Survey. The final page of the survey can be printed and brought to the official Winnebago County Community Park 50th Birthday Party – Parkstock, on August 19 from 2pm – 6pm at the park pavilion.