Cookeville received a $100,000 check on Thursday for constructing a new dog park at Cane Creek Park.
Mayor Ricky Shelton said this will be Cookeville’s first public dog park.
“The timing of this grant award was ideal because we had recently identified a dog park as one of our priorities,” Shelton said. “I think this will be an awesome amenity to Cane Creek Park, and will be a real destination for dog owners throughout our city, county, and region.”
The Boyd Foundation awarded Cookeville the non-matching grant two months ago through its Dog Park Dash contest. Cookeville received the $100,000 grand prize, along with Colombia, Tennessee.
Boyd Foundation President Randy Boyd said he selected the grand prize winners based on community support.
“They way you won was by showing how much you care. Your enthusiasm, your dedication, and your passion,” Boyd said. “The City of Cookeville did an outstanding job of showing all those things.”
Leisure Services Director Rick Woods said last month that the city will have two years to complete the project. City officials have not announced a construction start date at this time.