RESOURCES AND QUESTIONS

Dog parks come in all kinds of shapes and sizes! Check out what your future park could look like!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

What makes a dog park?

While there is really no one type of dog park, there are rough guidelines for what can become a dog park. We suggest a space that is 1-5 acres, has good drainage, has or can get a 5-6 foot fence, shade trees or space for them to be planted, a well-lit location, a near by parking lot, and a buffer zone, ie hedges, trees or land forms. Even with our suggestions, dog parks come in all shapes and sizes so if you have a unique space you think would work for a park, don’t be scared to apply!

We have a pre-existing park but are a little stuck on ways we could improve it.

When thinking of what your park may need for a bit of a makeover, think about amenities and activities. New equipment for the dogs to play around, agility courses, grooming areas, water stations, as well as additional shade, lighting and seating are all great additions to a pre-existing park.

Can the money be used to pave parking lots?

Yes. As long as the parking lot is specifically for the dog park and not another area of the park.

Is this a reimbursement grant?

 

Unfortunately, reimbursement is not a part of the grant program. However, if you happen to spend the funds that you already have by then, you can use the grant for additional enhancements.

Would a project currently undergoing development be eligible for this grant program?

 

Yes, as long as you specify what the Dog Park Dash funds would be going toward in your Executive Summary, that won't be a problem.

Should the proposed project budget and operations budget be submitted with the grant application?

 

Only the Executive Summary, Land Verification and Letter of Support from city officials will need to be submitted with the application. The proposed budget is great to be thinking about now because - should you be chosen - you'll need to present those down the road.

We have evidence from our register of deeds office that our government owns our dog park land, but it is not necessarily a letter. Would this suffice as evidence of property ownership? 

 

Only the Executive Summary, Land Verification and Letter of Support from city officials will need to be submitted with the application. The proposed budget is great to be thinking about now because - should you be chosen - you'll need to present those down the road.

WHAT COULD YOUR DOG PARK LOOK LIKE?

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 such as Radio Systems Corporation, parent company of PetSafe (R). Through the Dog Park Dash, more than one hundred communities across the state of Tennessee will benefit from dog parks.
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