Plans for and fundraising efforts toward a dog park in New Milford are gaining in momentum, according to committee members.

More than $200 was raised last month at an initial event -- a screening of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Bank Street Theater.

"We thought `The Wizard of Oz' was a great choice given the lengths Dorothy was willing to go to save Toto," said Lori Sartwell, committee vice president.

The theater provided the use of its facility and door prizes were donated by Homeward Bound, Lore's Lanes, The Sweet Spot, Play, Bank Street Book Nook, Earth Works, Tammy and Tom Reardon, and committee members Linda Pacheco, Diane McCaffrey and Ms. Sartwell.

The park was approved July 27 by the town council to move forward with use of land donated by Kimberly-Clark on Pickett District Road.

In an effort to install necessary fencing, additional fundraising is needed in coming months, including a dog park mascot contest, a skate-a-thon, T-shirt sponsorship and sales, and another movie.

Financial and material support from local and national businessare being solicited. The group is also seeking sponsors for sections of the park fencing.

The committee will have a booth Oct. 17 at the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford's Pumpkin Festival on the Village Green.

If interested in joining the committee or volunteering, e-mail

Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the railroad station, 11 Railroad St. in New Milford.