Parker

Dog park is fitting salute to service, sacrifice

Marine Cpl. David Sonka was Chaparral grad killed in line of duty

Posted 6/17/17

A long-anticipated project is finally ready to be enjoyed, but officials who dedicated the USMC Cpl. David M. Sonka Dog Park on June 14 want Parker's many dog lovers to think about the sacrifice that led to the park's name.

“For every person …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

E-mail
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

If you’re a print subscriber or made a voluntary contribution in Nov. 2016-2017, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access Includes access to all websites


Our print publications are advertiser supported. For those wishing to access our content online, we have implemented a small charge so we may continue to provide our valued readers and community with unique, high quality local content. Thank you for supporting your local newspaper.
Parker

Dog park is fitting salute to service, sacrifice

Marine Cpl. David Sonka was Chaparral grad killed in line of duty

Posted

A long-anticipated project is finally ready to be enjoyed, but officials who dedicated the USMC Cpl. David M. Sonka Dog Park on June 14 want Parker's many dog lovers to think about the sacrifice that led to the park's name.

“For every person who comes here with their dog, my hope is that they will just take a little time to appreciate David's sacrifice for our country,” said USMC Master Gunnery Sgt. John Alen. “What better tribute to David and his legacy than a dog park?”

Sonka was a canine trainer with the United States Marine Corps, known for treating his four-legged trainees with patience and compassion, even to the point of sleeping next to them to provide comfort. Sonka and his Multi-Purpose Canine, Flex, were killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in May 2013, but David's father Kevin said the park, located at 17855 Pine Lane near E-470, will allow his son's name, and legacy, to live on.

He wants “people to enjoy it,” he said. “For people to read the signage and recognize who David was and just never forget … Every town that has a hero like David, they should be doing something like this.”

About 200 people, and more than 40 dogs, attended the dedication, which was followed by a ribbon cutting for a disc golf course, adjacent to the north side of the fenced-in dog park.

To honor his son's memory and give back to the community of military personnel, Kevin started the Rocky Mountain Dawgs Project, a nonprofit that provides barbecues and support services to military kennels and members of the military's canine units in the United States.

Antonio Rodriguez, a 20-year military veteran who trained dogs for the Denver Police Department, lives in the apartment complex adjacent to the park.

“I see it being a real contribution of service … (David) contributed a lot to the morale of all the K9 military,” Rodriguez said. “I'm glad it's in the city of Parker, I think it'll be well taken care of.”

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment