Livingston could receive a “Central Bark”

The City of Livingston through its Downtown Revitalization Committee has applied for a Tennessee Dog Park Dash grant to aid in the construction of a dog park on a one-acre tract of city-owned land bounded by South Church Street, South Spring Street, and Railroad Street.

Livingston Downtown Revitalization Committee Chairman Ray Evans informed the Livingston Board of Mayor and Aldermen in its Monday, June 6 regular monthly meeting about this opportunity.

“Someone said yesterday, that since this facility is adjacent to Central Park that maybe the name of this facility should be ‘Central Bark’,” Evans said. “I think that’s got a bit of a hook and a ring to it, so that might be a real possibility.”

He said it would give purpose for that empty lot and contribute to the improvements being made on South Church Street.

Mayor Curtis Hayes also reminded the Board of Aldermen, “Dogs are not allowed in Central Park, currently, due to the splash pads. It’s got recirculation of water that goes through it.

“And it’s really frowned upon at the baseball fields.”

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 communities across the state of Tennessee benefit from dog parks, with 2022 the last year for the grants to be offered. It is anticipated that 18 communities will be awarded grants of $25,000, with one community receiving the grand prize of $100,000.

“The one and only thing that this grant can possibly be used for is the development of that.”

Livingston is now in the Community Engagement Phase of the grant application where the community has an opportunity to show support. Businesses, civic organizations, and individuals are asked to take 5 minutes to show support for the dog park by visiting dogparkdash.com/support to answer questions on the simple form.

The community is encouraged to go as in-depth in support and to share what makes the community pet-friendly, why the community needs this grant, etc.

In addition, the community is encouraged to take photographs of their four-legged friends and share them on social media with #dogparkdash2022 and Livingston in the caption.

The Community Engagement phase closes on June 30. The successful communities will be announced in July.

For more Information contact Livingston Downtown Revitalization Committee Chairman Ray Evans at rnevans@bellsouth.net or (865) 548-2137.