Marie Heinke Rainbow Bridge Memorial

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
— Author unknown


The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson (KCFA) received a $3,300 matching fund grant from the Fort Community Foundation to install a dog-watering fountain on the Glacial Bike Trail. The fountain site, known as the Marie Heinke Rainbow Bridge Memorial, honors the memory of former KCFA member Marie Heinke, who loved dogs and cared deeply about their well being. Heinke lost a long-fought battle with kidney cancer in 2005.

KCFA has worked with the Fort Atkinson Park and Recreation Department and the City of Fort Atkinson to locate the memorial fountain on the Bike Trail near the white barn (at Eighth Street). Components of the rest stop on the Trail are the canine/human fountain, a bench donated by the Northey family in honor of their parents, a puppy statue, and a picnic table donated by the City.

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