City Receives $25,000 Grant For Heritage Park Dog Park Upgrades

Saturday, July 21, 2018

City of Chattanooga officials with the Parks Division of the Department of Public Works and the Open Spaces Division of the Department of Economic and Community Development accepted a check on Saturday, for $25,000 from the Boyd Foundation Dog Park Dash Grant Program.

The grant will be used to make improvements to the Heritage Park Dog Park.


The mission of the Boyd Foundation Dog Park Dash Program is to put a smile on people’s faces by creating dog parks across the state, where animals can play in safe spaces and people can grow their relationships with others. The program’s vision is to become the most pet-friendly state in the U.S. by not only providing dog park grants in 2018 but also in years to come. “Jenny and I are proud to play a role in enhancing the beloved dog park in Jack Benson Heritage Park,” said Randy Boyd of the Boyd Foundation. “The City of Chattanooga has a unique vision for their space, and we know that their pets and people will enjoy the new additions for years to come.”


Heritage Park is a well-used park; it is a large park of over 22 acres and serves over 18,000 residents who live within three miles. The off-leash dog park was constructed in 2010 through a joint partnership with the Friends of East Brainerd, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, McKamey Animal Center and the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy. The dog park features separate areas for large and small dogs, water and bath stations, double-gated entry, and agility equipment. Originally a membership fee-based amenity, the City of Chattanooga opened the dog park to the general public in late 2016. Officials said, "Because of the amount of daily activity and age of the dog park, the City of Chattanooga is grateful to be awarded this grant because we not only value quality public spaces for our two-legged friends but also our four-legged friends."



Hospice Of Chattanooga Hosts Memorial Service For Those Grieving Loss Of Loved Ones

Hospice of Chattanooga is hosting a memorial service on  Sunday, Aug. 26, for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one. This service is for all in the community, who are experiencing grief, regardless of whether their loved one died under hospice's care or not.  The service will begin at  2 p.m  at First Christian ... (click for more)

John Shearer: Seeing New Green Space And Building At Baylor

In recent years, I have occasionally enjoyed taking a jog at my alma mater of Baylor School during school vacation times or weekends to reminisce a little and enjoy again the pretty campus I love by the Tennessee River.   But late  Friday  afternoon when I was over there before the onslaught of students, I wanted to see something new – the former quadrangle/quad ... (click for more)

City To Delay Proposal To Surplus 3 Buildings Near City Hall

City officials said Tuesday they will delay action on the proposal to surplus three buildings near City Hall. Stacy Richardson, chief of staff to Mayor Andy Berke, said the staff still does not have all the answers to questions raised about the plan. She said the staff is still convinced that moving the buildings to the private market as part of the Innovation District would ... (click for more)

Hearing Delay On Suit Brought By State Democrats To Keep Robin Smith Off Ballot

A hearing has been delayed on a lawsuit brought by the Tennessee Democratic Party seeking to keep Republican Robin Smith off the ballot in House District 26. Ms. Smith was the only candidate after longtime Rep. Gerald McCormick abruptly announced he was leaving his post to move to Nashville. Chancellor Jeff Atherton on Monday afternoon said he could not take the case until ... (click for more)

Make One Of The Proposed Surplus City Buildings Into A Local History Museum - And Response

The city of Chattanooga currently has no history center or museum. That is because several years ago it was conveyed to the public, in the blinking of an eye, that $9 million that had been raised mysteriously vanished for reasons unexplainable to this date. In the meantime, valuable artifacts and collections are sitting in cellars, basements and storage facilities instead of being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: No Cell Phones Allowed

There was a time, not so long ago, when school-aged children would learn lessons from a prescribed text, such as a textbook. Today texting is far, far different and, as any of our teachers will tell us, cell phones have become the scourge of education. In almost every classroom, kids will silently text in the shadow of the desk in front of them rather than focus on the lesson. Yet ... (click for more)