Town Council waives cost of water for new downtown dog park

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The new dog park located downtown on Phillips Street is slated to be completed and open by early November. Photo by Vickie Carpenter

Brittney Lofthouse –  Contributing Writer

Ever since residents spoke to Macon County commissioners about potential improvements to the Dog Park near the Greenway, leaders decided to look for a larger, more shaded area to relocate the dog park. The county already owned a parcel of land located along Phillips Street locally known as Frogtown, so committing to constructing the park for residents — both two-legged and four-legged— was an easy decision. The county invested $120,000 to build the new dog park. 

The 7.35 acre tract of land on Phillips Street features new fenced areas for varying size canines, and will have its own public restrooms as well as a walking trail around the exterior. During their meeting earlier this month, Franklin Town Council members unanimously voted to waive the cost of water for the public bathrooms to be operational, making the dog park a joint venture. 

“There was a time where this board, albeit different members, wouldn’t have even entertained the idea of doing something like this for the county,” said Town Council member Joe Collins. “I, for one, am happy to see it being discussed and happy to support it.”

Collins noted that the new park will be an asset to the town, not just for dogs and dog owners, but also by placing another publicly accessible bathroom downtown.

The current dog park is located next to wetlands and violates the Clear Water Trust Fund, and the location of the park disrupts the service of a Duke Power transmission line. The new dog park will have triple the available space for large dogs and more than double the available area for small dogs.

The current dog park was managed by FROGs, the nonprofit who oversees the Little Tennessee Greenway. However, now that the park is no longer part of the Greenway, the dog park will be managed by the Macon County Recreation Department. 

The final touches are being placed on the park and a grand opening celebration is in the works for an early November opening date. 

Brittney Lofthouse –  Contributing Writer

Ever since residents spoke to Macon County commissioners about potential improvements to the Dog Park near the Greenway, leaders decided to look for a larger, more shaded area to relocate the dog park. The county already owned a parcel of land located along Phillips Street locally known as Frogtown, so committing to constructing the park for residents — both two-legged and four-legged— was an easy decision. The county invested $120,000 to build the new dog park. 

The 7.35 acre tract of land on Phillips Street features new fenced areas for varying size canines, and will have its own public restrooms as well as a walking trail around the exterior. During their meeting earlier this month, Franklin Town Council members unanimously voted to waive the cost of water for the public bathrooms to be operational, making the dog park a joint venture. 

“There was a time where this board, albeit different members, wouldn’t have even entertained the idea of doing something like this for the county,” said Town Council member Joe Collins. “I, for one, am happy to see it being discussed and happy to support it.”

Collins noted that the new park will be an asset to the town, not just for dogs and dog owners, but also by placing another publicly accessible bathroom downtown.

The current dog park is located next to wetlands and violates the Clear Water Trust Fund, and the location of the park disrupts the service of a Duke Power transmission line. The new dog park will have triple the available space for large dogs and more than double the available area for small dogs.

The current dog park was managed by FROGs, the nonprofit who oversees the Little Tennessee Greenway. However, now that the park is no longer part of the Greenway, the dog park will be managed by the Macon County Recreation Department. 

The final touches are being placed on the park and a grand opening celebration is in the works for an early November opening date. 

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