KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knox County Parks and Recreation Department has announced five locations where they plan to build five new dog parks within the next couple of years.
Earlier this year, Boyd Family Foundation gave residents the opportunity to submit nominations for 10 new dog parks – five under the county’s parks and recreation system and five under the city’s system.
The five locations under Knox County Parks & Recreation system will be Corryton/Gibbs, New Harvest, Karns, Powell and Halls. Under county jurisdiction, the new dog parks will likely be built as additions to existing county parks.
It more than likely means new dog parks will be built at Beverly Park, New Harvest Park, the SportsPark, Powell Station Park and Clayton Park, though specific park locations may be updated if the need arises.
Under the terms of the grant, the parks must be complete within two years, although officials expect to open a number of those parks within a year
The initiative, called Knox Neighborhood Dog Parks Plan, aims to make Knox County first in the nation in dog parks per capita. Knox County currently ranks 29th in dog parks per capita in the U.S., according to a release from county officials.
The effort is part of Randy and Jenny Boyd’s commitment to enhancing Knoxville, their hometown. The couple established the Boyd Foundation in 2018. Randy Boyd, who is the president of the University of Tennessee, founded PetSafe and has helped the city and county building a number of dog parks over the years. His wife, Jenny Boyd, is a local business owner and philanthropist who is passionate about animal welfare.
“Most of Knox County’s state-of-the-art dog parks exist because of the generosity of Randy Boyd has shown this community for more than a decade,” Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs said. “It has long been a priority to ensure Knox County is a pet-friendly community. As a pet owner myself, I know these new park additions will move us even further down the path to becoming one of the most pet-friendly places in America.”