Hello! First off as the President of Friends of Ellicott Inc. welcome to our page, and more importantly, to our Park and Community!
Some background on myself, I was raised in Western New York and have been visiting Ellicott Island for years, starting with my first dog Kayla. When Kayla and I moved to Tonawanda we discovered Ellicott Island during one of our many ventures, and I instantly fell in love with the beauty of the island! While Kayla never saw the island as an official park, I was able to introduce my aging Weimaraner Rocca and my German Shorthaired puppy Mila to our official Park in 2013 during its inception. It quickly became a place where they could have the freedom to connect with nature and I couldn’t keep them away. We enjoyed it so much that our visits to the Bark Park increased to almost daily and it gave Rocca some of her happiest days in her final years with us. We recently added Nena, a surprisingly calm, yet silly Blue Weimaraner to the mix and she has extended our tradition of almost daily visits to the Park.
Through the people I met at the Bark Park, I slowly began to learn more about Friends of Ellicott Inc. how much they did for the Bark Park and the support they needed. I started out helping with fundraising events and cleanups, which eventually lead to me chairing the fundraising committee and diving in and researching the history of Ellicott Island. Since then i’ve been driven non-stop to help Friends of Ellicott Inc., and Ellicott Island, to maintain its use as a Bark Park and make our absolute gem of an island as amazing as possible for canine and humans alike.
Through all of this, I have had the love & support of my husband, Ron Glose and our three children who have enjoyed helping out at various events. Though i’m not sure if they just want to help, or if they just do it for the pop & snow cones! Also,I’ve gotten to know so many people that regularly attend Ellicott Island Bark Park that have become family to me. They keep me going and believing that we can do more than we ever thought possible for this lovely piece of nature that we all love and care so much for; even if it’s gone to the dogs!