The Big Bear Bark Park in downtown Franklin was closed temporarily starting May 1. The Friends of the Greenway, with a grant from the Nutro Dog Food Company Room to Run Project, and with technical help from Habitat for Humanity, closed the park in order to build a shelter over the “people” benches inside the Park.
Because the proposed construction would require the moving of some interior fencing, the dog park was scheduled to be closed during construction.
According to representatives with Friends of the Greenways, the shelter that was proposed would be located within a Duke Energy easement.
To proceed with the construction, Friends of the Greenway must first obtain approval from Duke for the shelter to be constructed within the dog park.
Friends of the Greenway hope to meet with Duke in the near future to resolve the issues and complete the project.