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GLEASON (November 13) — A grand opening and ribbon-cutting was held Friday at the City of Gleason Dog Park with dozens in attendance, including local officials and leaders and special …
GLEASON (November 13) — A grand opening and ribbon-cutting was held Friday at the City of Gleason Dog Park with dozens in attendance, including local officials and leaders and special guests.
The park was funded by a $25,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation’s Tennessee Dog Park Dash program.
Founder Randy Boyd and wife Jenny attended the event. Boyd, who is president of the University of Tennessee, congratulated the city, noting Dog Park Dash is a competition. “You had to earn this,” he said, praising the town’s enthusiasm to make it happen.
Boyd said the goal of the program is to “make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the country.”
He said while it’s called a dog park, “it’s actually a people park too,” and expressed his hope that it will help bring people together.
Mayor Diana Poole thanked Boyd for his kindness and thanked the dog park committee, the city crew and citizens.
Heading the committee was Alderman Jim Phelps, who spoke next. He thanked a great many people for their contributions, including committee members Gloria Erwin, Stephanie Hopper, Holly Harris and the late Ronnie Arnold.
A tulip poplar, the Tennessee state tree, was planted near the park and dedicated to Arnold, who died in August. Accompanying the tree is a granite marker bearing Arnold’s name flanked by a pair of bulldog statues.
The event was hosted by the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Barbara Virgin thanked everyone involved and presented a Chamber plaque to the city for the park.
The city presented the Boyds with a basket of Gleason-grown potatoes.