Collegedale competing for $25,000 dog park grant
Collegedale residents are hoping to get an upgrade to a park that benefits its furry, four-legged citizens.
The city is among 44 cities across the state that have applied to win a $25,000 grant from the Tennessee Dog Park Dash.
Harrison Forbes, coordinator of the Tennessee Dog Park Dash, says it is all part of an effort to build 100 dog parks in three years.
Members of the community are hoping they will be one of this year's recipients.
"We would love to have the grant," said Traci Bennett-Hobek, the parks and recreation director for Collegedale.
Volunteers made the current equipment at the Collegedale Dog Park years ago. The Parks and Recreation team says they have made do for as long as they can.
"It would be really great to have some really new stuff and to give this park a facelift," said Bennett-Hobek.
Collegedale Parks and Rec Program Specialist Andy Stone said," This would allow us to afford newer equipment, specialized for dogs, for all sizes of dogs."
Forbes says, "A deciding factor on which communities get the grant is how well they come together and engage with the process."
In a dog-eat-dog world, Andy Stone says the community is willing to do whatever it takes to get the $25,000 grant.
"I've actually made a simple tag line that people can post with the image of a dog and it is 'I want Collegedale to win the #dogparkgrant'," said Stone.
Bennett-Hobek took her dog Dipper around the city, photographing him with the hashtag.
"Dipper took this sign around town and we visited all the places in Collegedale. We went to City Hall; we went to public works; we went to the playground; we went to The Greenway," said Bennett-Hobek.
The winning cities will be notified July 16, 2019.
The Tennessee Dog Park Dash is funded by the Boyd Foundation. In addition to the $25,000 grants being awarded in July, one city will receive a grand prize of $100,000 for its dog park.
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