|Debbie Wagner speaks at the press conference|
It looks like we will finally get a public dog park in this area. A group of private citizens and Pearl River Valley Water Supply District officials announced at a press conference yesterday that the creation of a dog park at Old Trace Park are underway. It will be called the "Old Trace Dog Park" and will sit on Madison County side of the Rez. The project is currently in the fund-raising and planning stages. The dog park is the brain child of Debbie Wagner.
Ms. Wagner said she took her dog to a dog park while vacationing in Gulf Shores and wondered why there were no such dog parks in the Jackson area.* She said she "asked why we don't have a public dog park in Madison or Ridgeland". She started a Facebook page to garner interest in creating a dog park. She formed a group that started meeting and moved on to creating a plan. She approached the Ross Barnett Reservoir Foundation and the the PRVWSD Board. The board approved the plans to use one acre of district property that is west of the playground at Old Trace Park.
No taxpayer money will be used to build the park. Ms. Wagner said it will cost $31,900 to build the park. $2,000 has been raised. Ms. Wagner said they are talking to potential corporate sponsors. The park will have small and large dog sections. There will be watering stations as well as picnic tables. Ms. Wagner said a pool for dogs will be built if enough money is raised but that is a long-term goal. More information is available in the press release posted below.
More information can be obtained at http://barnettreservoirfoundation.org/dogpark. Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/bb65fyjc.
Kingfish note: Its nice to see someone stepping up and taking the lead on this project. What is a shame is the fact that not one single local government has bothered to build a dog park. They will get on their knees for every single developer who comes along with a SodoSopa batch of BS but building something families and their pets might enjoy? Well, lets go create a feasibility committee that meets once a year and you can talk to them. Brandon spent how much money on an amphitheater? Money wasted on a road for Harborwalk. Feasibility studies for a baseball park in Jackson. Several hundred thousand dollars wasted on TIF bonds for Lowes. By the way Mr. Gouras and Butler Snow, you should really donate to this dog park fund considering how much money you make off of TIF bonds even when they fail and stick the bill to the taxpayers. Airport studies and millions spent on lakes. $2 million v. $31,000. But then providing things citizens might actually want and not have shoved down their throats by good ole boys is rarely the Mississippi way, now is it?
*CARA provides one on Flag Chapel Road at its facility. Click here to check out its website and Facebook page.