KINGSPORT — Kingsport’s animal shelter will receive a $25,000 grant for the creation of a new dog park.
The money will come from the Boyd Foundation (guided by Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd) as part of its Dog Park Dash grant program.
“I’m very pleased to get an award and I’m also pleased with the other communities getting awards. It increases awareness as well as the need for pets,” said Tom Parham, president of PETWorks – Kingsport Animal Services.
Announced earlier this year, the Dog Park Dash grant program will award $900,000 evenly across the state’s three divisions over the next three years to communities to build or enhance off-leash dog parks. In addition, the program will also award a $100,000 grand prize.
Thirty-six first-year winners were announced on Thursday, along with Jackson as the grand prize winner.
The winning communities for the 2018 Tennessee Dog Park Dash grant are:
West Tennessee: Bolivar, Brownsville, Camden, Decatur County, Dyersburg, Henderson, Humboldt, Lakeland, McKenzie, Memphis, Milan and Pickwick.
Middle Tennessee: Gallatin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg, Manchester, McMinnville, Mount Pleasant, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill and White House.
East Tennessee: Athens, Bristol, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Crossville, Erwin, Greeneville, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Kingston, Morristown, Rogersville, Spring City, Union County and Jefferson County.
Grand Prize winner: Jackson.
According to a press release from the Boyd Foundation, the program received 50 applications, from Tennessee towns with a few thousand residents to urban hubs with populations of more than 100,000.
Randy and Jenny Boyd, as well as the larger Tennessee Dog Park Dash team, will visit and meet with civic leaders of the winning communities throughout the summer.
NEW ANIMAL SHELTER
PETWorks is planning to build a 12,000-square-foot shelter and adoption center on East Stone Drive and recently announced it would add a 1.2 acre dog park adjacent to the facility.
The estimated cost of the new shelter is $2 million to $2.2 million, and fundraising is expected to kick off within the next few weeks.