September 10, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
Smithville has been awarded a $25,000 grant for the development of a dog park thanks to the Boyd Foundation and the efforts of Alderman Gayla Hendrix in making application for the funding.
Randy Boyd will be in Smithville Friday morning to make the presentation and everyone is encouraged to be at city hall for the occasion at 8 a.m. and if you have pet friendly dogs bring them along for the photo opportunity.
Smithville was among more than two dozen communities across Tennessee awarded grants this year totaling $900,000 for dog parks.
The Tennessee Dog Park Dash is a multi-year initiative aimed at making Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the country.
“Jenny and I are amazed at the hard work and dedication of the people in our state to make life better for their pets and their neighbors. We are proud to support them in their work,” said Randy Boyd, founder of PetSafe and co-founder of The Boyd Foundation. “We are passionate about bringing people and pets together to create stronger communities, and we’ve found one of the best ways to do that is at a local dog park. We cannot wait to see how these communities use their grants to create local parks for Tennesseans and their pets to enjoy for decades to come.”
Plans are for the dog park to be located on property owned by the City of Smithville near the animal shelter behind Tenneco Automotive.