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Committee appointed to recommend design for Rogersville's new dog park

Jeff Bobo • May 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville dogs may soon have their day as the city is revving up its pending dog park project again.

It’s been almost two years since the city received a $25,000 grant from the Randy Boyd Foundation to help cover the cost of converting the old skateboard park at Rogersville City Park into a dog park.

During that time the city removed the skate park concrete surface and old fencing, and extended a water line to that location, which is at the far northeast corner of the park behind the swimming pool.

During Tuesday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Mayor Jim Sells appointed a committee to recommend a design for the park.

That panel is comprised of Aldermen Sonda Price and Brian Hartness, City Recorder Glenn Hutchens, and Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker.

The committee will present its design options to the Parks Board, then to the BMA for final approval.

In the meantime, the BMA authorized Hutchens to advertise for bids for the dog park fence installation.

Hutchens told the Times News Wednesday he doesn’t have a timeline for completion of the facility, although his goal is to have it finished as soon as possible.

In July 2018, the BMA received news that Rogersville was one of 36 communities or agencies in Tennessee to receive a $25,000 Tennessee Dog Park Dash from the Randy Boyd Foundation.

The BMA agreed to place the dog park in the location of the skateboard park, which had been constructed in 2007 with funds raised by local youngsters.

By the mid 2010s, however, the new generation of youngsters wasn’t interested in the skateboard park, and it was for the most part abandoned.

The Tennessee Dog Park Dash, funded by the Boyd Foundation, is dedicated to building or enhancing dog parks across the state.

The program was created in 2018 to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the U.S. Through the Dog Park Dash, more than 100 communities across the state received grant funding.

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