City wins

Harry Forbes of the Boyd Foundation presents a $256,000 Dog Park Dash grant to local officials at the Don Davidson Lions Club Complex Thursday. Pictured are (from left) Vice Mayor Dorothy Small, Malisha Widner of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation, Forbes, Mayor Michael Whisenant, Chris Mitchell who serves as director of Fayetteville Parks and Rec, City Administrator Scott Collins, and his wife, Renea Collins.

A $25,000 Dog Park Dash grant, funded by the Boyd Foundation, was presented to the City of Fayetteville Thursday for the benefit of the city’s own dog park, which was established in 2016 thanks to a similar grant.

“I want to thank the Boyd Foundation,” said City Mayor Michael Whisenant during the presentation, going on to note that the grant will fund improvements at the Fayetteville Dog Park, located at the Don Davidson Lions Club Complex at 1701 Wilson Pkwy. “We’ll definitely use this money to our advantage – our dog park here is used extensively, and this award will go a long way in helping make improvements.”

Fayetteville was one of seven Middle Tennessee cities to receive the grant this year. Statewide, 30 cities received grants in the 2019 Dog Park Dash, dedicated to building or enhancing dog parks across Tennessee.

“Fayetteville really came out and showed its colors as a pet loving community,” said Harry Forbes, lead grant coordinator and pet expert with the Boyd Foundation. “You have the best starting point, with good trees for shading, fencing and other features that allow pets to roam leash-free and play with other dogs in a controlled environment.”

Forbes noted that the Boyd Foundation was established by Randy Boyd and his wife to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in America. Boyd founded the Radio Systems Corporation 31 years ago, the world’s largest pet supply company, he said, adding that eight years ago the foundation was started.

“What you have here is a great example of what he intended for communities across our state,” he continued. “It’s all about quality of life, community development and what companies look for when it comes to communities. It’s also about our pets, our dogs, and helping bring people together.”

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