Cookeville’s first public dog park is taking shape and could be ready to open by this summer at Cane Creek Park.
Cookeville Leisure Services Director Rick Woods said construction is underway and equipment purchases are being made for the 1.5-acre park that will include fenced-in areas for dogs to run leash-free, as well as agility equipment, shade structures and more.
“We’re excited to get it under construction and be closer to having a nice, safe park for dogs and their owners,” Woods said.
The City of Cookeville had been awarded a $100,000 grand prize grant in 2019 from Tennessee Dog Park Dash, funded by The Boyd Foundation.
A parking lot has been built near the dog park site, across from Cane Creek Recreation Center on CC Camp Road, and sidewalks are finished.
“The next steps for us will be getting the shade structures in place and fencing done all the way around,” Woods said. “Trees will be planted next week. We’ll put shrubs in after the fence is up.”
The park will include separate sections for smaller dogs and larger dogs, a variety of play components (paws table, king of the hill, dog walk, crawl tunnel, jump over, hoop jump and fire hydrant), benches and shade areas for dogs and their owners, watering stations, and pet waste stations and receptacles.