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Civitan presents check for dog park


The Town of Jonesborough received a $25,000 sponsorship for its new dog park from the Jonesborough Civitan Club at Monday night’s Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

This is the second funding source that the Town has received for the new park, the first being a $25,000 grant from the Randy Boyd Foundation. The Civitan Club will receive naming rights for the park as part of their donation. The new park is set to be named “Jonesborough Civitan Dog Park”.

The new park will be Jonesborough’s first dog park, and an amenity that has been in high demand. Community members have voiced the need for an exclusive park for furry friends at community input meetings over a number of years. The hope is to serve town residents and surrounding community with a space for owners to bring their dogs to run and play.

Jonesborough Civitan Dog Park will be located off of State Route 34, adjacent to the new municipal garage facility. It will be outfitted with a fence enclosure so that dogs can safely run off-leash in a wide-open space.  In addition, the park will contain shade trees, beautiful landscaping, benches for seating and dog waste stations. 

Succeeding phases of development for the dog park include an interactive water feature for the dogs as well as pavilions and walking trails.

Additional funding is still being sought by the town for the dog park.  Recreation Capital Projects Planner Rachel Conger says that she is actively seeking donations from the community and area businesses. 

“Many of us love and treat our furry friends like they are one of our own children — we take them for rides in the car and everywhere we take our families. We are excited to be able to provide a park exclusively for our dogs. In addition, children and adults alike will be able to come and play with their furry friends here. It’s not just a space for dogs, but also for humans to be able to play and interact with their pets.” 

Conger said any inquiries related to the dog park or potential donations can be directed to her at (423) 791-3869.