Friday, December 18, 2015

The Rez is going to the dogs.

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  Donations can be made at

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.


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Anonymous said...

This is interesting. When the Clarion Ledger ran the story earlier I called Susan McMullan who's listed at the contact of the Reservoir Foundation's website, left a message expressing an interest in donating and she never called me. They must've raised all the money they needed.
Some of us don't use Facebook but still call people on the phone. I don't see any phone numbers on the press release either. Oh well. Best of luck to them on this good cause.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to see this! I have been emailing people in Flowood and the PRVWSD off and on for years about building a dog park. It is really an embarrassment that the metro area does not have a public dog park. No response ever except for a Flowood alderman during election season. Once the election came, never received another response. Obviously, it takes the perseverance Ms. Wagner has demonstrated to get something done. Many thanks to Ms. Wagner!!

Anonymous said...

How long before it turns into a "pitbull" fiasco?

PittPanther said...

Sigh... CARA has had a dog park in NW Jackson for years.

Anonymous said...

You can bet the Pearl River Authority is trying to find a way to charge for the use of the park right now! They never saw a fee or charge they didn't like.

Takin' A Dump, Boss... said...

Who will be on poop-patrol. Will we be required to carry plastic bags and pooper-scoopers?

Ken said...

Hey everyone, I am one of the organizing group members. To answer a couple questions and comments, yes CARA has a dog park. It is membership only and with limited hours of operation. This park will be open to the public and will be open the same hours as the trace park is. As for poop patrol, we already have cleanup stations with bags for cleanup of your dogs poo. Each dog owner will be responsible for cleaning up after their own dog. Not going to bother with the pit bull comment. This is an exciting time. We are working hard to raise money to build the park. I am looking forward to meeting everyone that is using the park when we get it opened.

Ban Pitbulls said...

Not bothering with the pit bull comment shows just how naive you are. I have two labs, they were bred to hunt, and they do it well. It's amazing how natural it comes to them.

Pit bulls were bred to kill, and they do it well. It's amazing how naturally it comes to them. This is going to end up being a huge liability, as pit bull loving fools like ourself are likely to get mauled, along with your dogs, and then comes the lawsuits.

I'll keep my family friendly dogs away from the park, and continue to shoot any pit bull that comes near me or my family.

Bows In Their Hair said...

"Not going to bother with the pit bull comment"?

How naive and indicative of a simpleton is THAT? Deflecting the discussion to pooping pups and ignoring the danger of certain breeds that kill is the epitome of malfeasance. And you portend to speak for this group?

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