GATLINBURG, Tenn.—The City of Gatlinburg was one of 15 communities across the state to be awarded a Tennessee Dog Park Dash Grant on Friday, June 18. The Dog Park Dash grant program, administered by the Boyd Foundation, will allocate $25,000 in funds for the construction and development of a dog park in Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg has planned a Dog Park, which will be constructed at Mills Park. The Gatlinburg City Commission approved a contract with FTM Contracting, LLC. at its April 20, 2021 meeting. The Notice to Proceed was issued to the Contractor on May 10 and construction on the Dog Park is scheduled to begin upon delivery of all materials. The Dog Park is estimated to be completed in September 2021.
“The City is appreciative to the Boyd Foundation for its award to this important project for the citizens and visitors of Gatlinburg,” Gatlinburg Parks and Recreation Director Laurence Evans said. “Our citizens and visitors played an important role in this successful grant application by taking part in our social media campaign during the month of May to showcase how Gatlinburg can help make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the Country.
The Tennessee Dog Park Dash Grant Program was created in 2018 by the Boyd Foundation as part of a $3 million commitment to build 100 dog parks across the state.
“Jenny and I love to see the enthusiasm for our pets from so many Tennessee communities who competed for these grants,” said Randy Boyd, co-founder of The Boyd Foundation. “We are honored to support them in their work. We have been impressed with the dozens of parks built from Dog Park Dash grants over the last three years and cannot wait to see how these new winners make their communities a better place for people and pets.”
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