Proposed Jonesborough dog park receives grant

JONESBOROUGH, TN - The proposed dog park in the Town of Jonesborough cleared its first hurdle today thanks to a grant.

The Boyd foundation, set up through Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd, presented a check for $25,000 through the Dog Park Dash Grant to fund dog parks across the state.

"This is the first, sort of, little hurdle as far as the fundraising goes.  We still have a little bit more to go, we've actually applied fro another $25,000 grant thru PetSave that we are waiting to hear back from,", Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Director Rachel Conger said, "And then we're gonna begin our fundraising for the additional money that we need for the project as well."

The new dog park in Jonesborough is planned to be located on the west end of Jonesborough. Future plans for the park include an interactive water feature for dogs, seating areas, and beautifully landscaped areas all in hopes to increase the quality of life of area canine residents.

Conger added, "It's about 3 acres, off of state route 34.  it is adjacent to where the town is building the new municipal garage. It's a little area, over the creek, beautiful setting, we've got some great, beautiful trees that will be kept as park of the park. It's gonna be a just perfect setting."

The grant calls for the park to be open in 3 years, Conger says they expect to be open before that time. Total monies designated for dog park grants is $1 million. The goal of the grant program is to make Tennessee the most dog-friendly state, providing off-leash areas for canines to run and play in a safe environment. 

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