Boyd Foundation giving Chattanooga, Athens each $25,000 grant for dog park upgrades

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UPDATE (August 16):

In addition to the upgrade to a Chattanooga dog park, the Boyd Foundation is presenting Athens with $25,000 to improve the dog park at the Prof Powers Park.

The Athens Parks & Recreation Department says there will be an event for the presentation - here's what they had this to say:

"The City of Athens Parks and Recreation Department has been named the recipient of a $25,000 Tennessee Dog Park Dash grant, and all two- and four-legged citizens are invited to join in the celebration. Athens Parks and Recreation was one of 36 recipients from across the state of Tennessee to receive a Dog Park Dash grant, which will be used at the dog park located inside Prof Powers Park at 17 Slack Road.

Representatives of the Boyd Foundation will make the grant presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 11:15 a.m. at the Market Park Pavilion, located at 106 S. Jackson Street in Downtown Athens. Local dignitaries and Athens Parks and Recreation staff will discuss the improvements to the dog park that will be made possible by the $25,000 Tennessee Dog Park Dash grant. The public is invited to attend, and dog owners are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to the presentation, as well – dogs must be on leashes.

The Tennessee Dog Park Dash, funded by The Boyd Foundation, is dedicated to building or enhancing dog parks across the state. Established in 2018, this program is helping to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in America alongside other major efforts from brands including Radio Systems Corporation, parent company of PetSafe. Through the Tennessee Dog Park Dash grant program, more than one hundred communities across the State of Tennessee will benefit from dog parks. To learn more about the program, visit"


$25,000 will go toward improving Chattanooga's Heritage Park Dog Park.

The city of Chattanooga says it has accepted a check in that amount from the Boyd Foundation Dog Park Dash Grant Program.

It says the mission of the Boyd Foundation Dog Park Dash Program is to put a smile on people’s faces by creating dog parks across the state, where animals can play in safe spaces and people can grow their relationships with others.

The city says the program’s vision is to become the most pet-friendly state in the U.S. by not only providing dog park grants in 2018 but also in years to come.

“Jenny and I are proud to play a role in enhancing the beloved dog park in Jack Benson Heritage Park,” said Randy Boyd of the Boyd Foundation. “The City of Chattanooga has a unique vision for their space, and we know that their pets and people will enjoy the new additions for years to come.”

City officials say Heritage Park is a well-used park; it is a large park of over 22 acres and serves over 18,000 residents who live within 3 miles.

The off-leash dog park was constructed in 2010 through a joint partnership with the Friends of East Brainerd, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, McKamey Animal Center and the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy.

The dog park features separate areas for large and small dogs, water and bath stations, double-gated entry, and agility equipment.

Originally a membership fee-based amenity, the City of Chattanooga opened the dog park to the general public in late 2016.

Because of the amount of daily activity and age of the dog park, the City of Chattanooga is grateful to be awarded this grant because we not only value quality public spaces for our two-legged friends but also our four-legged friends.

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