Ribbon cutting held last Saturday for ‘Bark Park.’
The Friends of the Greenway (FROGs) held the official grand opening of Macon County's new dog park on Saturday morning. FROGs asked the community to submit names for the park, and after shuffling through more than 30 entries, members of FROGs selected the submission of a frequent visitor who wishes to remain anonymous and named the new facility, “Big Bear Bark Park.”
The dog park, located behind the Big Bear Playground parking lot on about a one-acre parcel of land, was made possible entirely due to donations from groups such as the Daybreak Rotary Club, which donated $2,140 to see the park established. The facility features two sets of five-foot chain-link fencing, one area for small dogs and one area for large dogs. Inside the fences are benches for dog owners to sit and enjoy themselves while their dogs are able to run and play.
“We as commissioners were more than happy to help with the development of the Bark Park,” said Commission Chair Kevin Corbin.
According to Corbin, the addition of the dog park to the already existing recreational facilities in the county, allow more residents to enjoy the beauty of Macon County. “To me it is all part of our overall recreation picture,” explained Corbin. “We are planning long range improvements to the Recreation Park including possible renovation of the existing pool area, ballfields, etc. However, encouraging things like the Bark Park and the recent archery range reaches a segment of the population that may not swim or play ball. This is one more outlet for folks to get outdoors and enjoy themselves.”
The dog park, which marks the 41st dog park in North Carolina, has a specially designed entry area which provides an area where owners can unleash and leash their dogs safely.
FROGs legal representative Steve Philo approached the Macon County Board of Commissioners last October to request the use of the property the dog park is on, which commissioners unanimously approved. The property is still owned by the county, and the county agreed to help with the maintenance of the park. The county also had to amend county ordinances in order to make it possible for dog owners to allow their four-legged friends to run free in the park.
FROGs is comprised of a Board of Directors, employees, members, volunteers, and donors who give their time and effort to the operation, maintenance, growth and promotion of the Little Tennessee River Greenway.
FROGs hopes to implement additional features at the new dog park such as agility equipment for the dogs, and a covered area for dog owners, as funds are donated for enhancement of the dog park. To learn more about FROGs or to donate to the new dog park, visit http://www.littletennessee.org/.