Photos by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Chihuahuas, poodles, and every breed in between gathered at Spring Hill’s Bark Park Friday afternoon to celebrate the expansion and improvements made to the dog park, with parks and rec staff commemorating the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The park has since doubled in size, with new amenities installed as well thanks to grants from the Boyd Foundation and Pet Pals of Maury County.
The Bark Park now features hydration stations for both humans and dogs, new benches, and upgraded agility equipment. In addition to providing pups with a cool drink, the dog hydration stations will also have an area to rinse dogs’ feet before leaving the park, with separate areas designated for small and large dogs, each with their own shade structures.
All of these improvements were made possible by then-governor candidate Randy Boyd, who in July 2018 awarded the city a $25,000 grant through the Boyd Foundation for to improve its dog parks. Also responsible for the improvements to the park is Pet Pals of Maury County, who also awarded the city with a $5,000 grant.
The parks and rec department is also inviting residents out to Bark Park on Saturday, for the park’s first official full day of operation – just be sure to remember to bring your pooch.