Committee discusses Jonesboro's dog park project

Committee meets to discuss dog park

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Bark Park Committee met Sunday night to discuss fundraising opportunities for the off-leash park project.

The park, which will sit on three acres of land at Craighead Forest Park, will be funded by donations and maintained by the city.

Gary Jones, a committee member, shared with volunteers who attended the meeting that he is shooting to raise $100,000.

"The city seems to think it might cost a little more than that for the entire dog park, but I think to get it opened and to get everything done so that we can start having dogs out there, that's a good number for us," Jones said.

Jones said they have the plans drawn out, and for the past six months they've been building a foundation to start raising the money.

"I hope everybody who has or are animal lovers, dog lovers especially since this is a dog park, will come out and support us," Jones said. "I see the people walking their dogs every day out at Craighead Park and there's no place for them to run off-leash."

The money raised will go towards immediate needs such as fencing, grass, and equipment.

The city threw out ideas of eventually having dog ramps and jumping hoops. Jones said right now those things should be last on the list to purchase.

He said the city would help with the labor aspect of the project.

"The city owns the land," Jones said. "They are going to be doing a lot of the work, as far as dirt work and maybe putting up the fences and laying the sod."

Before the committee can set an opening day, they are looking for donors and sponsors to reach the targeted funding goal.

"We have different levels of sponsorship," Jones said. "You can buy equipment, have part of the park named for you or your company, you can get bricks. We're going to have all different kinds of levels."

Anyone interested in donating or becoming a park sponsor or to learn more about the different levels of sponsorship can visit the dog park committee's website here.

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