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City Opens New Dog Park

Posted 8/29/19

The city of McKenzie dedicated its new dog park Thursday, August 22 at 1:15 p.m. It is located at 608 Como Street, the next driveway past the drive into McKenzie City Park. Randy Boyd, interim …

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City Opens New Dog Park

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The city of McKenzie dedicated its new dog park Thursday, August 22 at 1:15 p.m. It is located at 608 Como Street, the next driveway past the drive into McKenzie City Park.

Randy Boyd, interim president of the University of Tennessee, was in attendance to view the newly completed facility.

Boyd was impressed with the design, the separate areas for large and small dogs, fencing, seating for humans, and the water fountains for the pets.

McKenzie was the winner of a grant for a dog park from the Randy Boyd Foundation. Boydand his wife, Jenny, were in town Wednesday, August 8, 2018 to present a check for $25,000 to Mayor Jill Holland and the City of McKenzie to construct the park.

Holland told the gathering a group of citizens came forward with the idea for such a park.

She acknowledged this was not something high on the priority list due to McKenzie and other towns having to tighten the financial belts and likely would not have happened without this grant.

Boyd’s goal is to help make Tennessee the dog friendliest state in the country.

Dog Park Dash is the program which McKenzie won the grant for the park. Dog Park Dash is an initiative of the Randy Boyd Foundation that is giving $1 million per year for three years broken down into one grand prize grant of $100,000 and 26 grants of $25,000 each per year. McKenzie competed against 50 other cities across the state who applied for these grants.

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