Dog Park Dash presents $25,000 check to City of Gatlinburg

IMG_0991Representatives from the Tennessee Dog Park Dash presented a $25,000 Grant Award Check to the City of Gatlinburg on Wednesday afternoon. The City participated in the Dog Park Dash grant program to help fund the planned Dog Park at Mills Park, scheduled to open later this year. Pictured from left are Gatlinburg Parks and Recreation Director Laurence Evans, Gatlinburg Vice Mayor Mark McCown, Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner, Harrison Forbes with the Tennessee Dog Park Dash, Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle, Gatlinburg City Commissioner Chad Reagan and Gatlinburg Public Information Officer Seth Butler.

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Representatives from the Tennessee Dog Park Dash presented a check for $25,000 to the City of Gatlinburg on Wednesday afternoon for its Dog Park Project at Mills Park.

In June, the City was one of 15 communities across the state to be awarded a Dog Park Dash Grant, which recently completed its third and final year of awarding dog park grants to entities across Tennessee. Gatlinburg was able to win the $25,000 grant award by advancing through the Social Engagement Phase, which relied on community support for the Dog Park project.

“The City is appreciative to the Boyd Foundation for providing this $25,000 award for this important project for the citizens and visitors of Gatlinburg,” said Laurence Evans, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Gatlinburg. “Gatlinburg’s citizens and visitors played an important role in this successful grant application by showcasing how our Dog Park project can help the Boyd Foundation’s vision to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the Country.”

Gatlinburg has planned a Dog Park, which is currently under construction at Mills Park. The Gatlinburg City Commission approved a contract with FTM Contracting, LLC. in April and construction on the park began earlier this Summer. The estimated completion date for the project is scheduled for September 2021.

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 to help make Tennessee the most pet friendly state in the Country.

“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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