NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – The North Augusta City Council approved a resolution for a new park for your 4-legged friend.
Currently North Augusta is lacking an outdoor recreational facility for pet-owners. However, a local organization jump started an initiative to build one.
Now the North Augusta City Council has gotten behind the project.
It may not look like much right now, but in no time there well be a new site developed as North Augusta’s first dog park.
The City of North Augusta approved an acre of land for use, next to the under construction ‘Butterfly Garden’ It’s going to be a short walk from the entrance of the Greeneway.
“One of the things, when we started looking at the project, was how do we attract the millennial?” North Augusta Leadership Class of 2016 member Thomas Bryson said. “It was a given that we had to incorporate the Greeneway into it.”
So far $10,000 dollars have been raised, but the estimated cost is around $32,000 dollars.
So, the North Augusta Leadership Class of 2016 still has some work to do.
However, Bryson says that’s why the organization was seeking the city’s stamp of approval. “It would really help some of the bigger donors to come out and help support us,” Bryson told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
Bryson says it’s not just going to be a piece of land with a fence around it. Friends of the North Augusta Bark Park have big plans for the area.
“We’re essentially going to have space for a large dog and then a small dog area,” Bryson said. “There’s going to be bench seating there. It’s kind of in a shaded area already, so it should be a great place to bring the kids and your family down. As well as to meet and greet other dog lovers.”
While the North Augusta City Council unanimously voted to approve the acre of land and the name, the North Augusta Mayor had one last thing to add to the new project.
“I will also point out, and I don’t know where we are, but when this first came up back in April I made a sketch of increasing the parking lot down there,” said Mayor Lark W. Jones.
Sketches of the North Augusta Bark Park are currently in the works and could be released as soon as October.
The park could be open by Jan. 1st, 2017, if the organization raises the remaining funds to build it.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – A much-anticipated dog park might be on the way to North Augusta. North Augusta has more than 15 parks but none where a dog can roam free. The North Augusta Leadership Class of 2016 hopes to change that. They laid out their plan Monday to build a bark park in Water Works Park next to the Greenway and it’s getting dog owners excited.
Molly Grady, a dog enthusiast says, “I think it’s a great idea because the Greenway is right here, it’s a great place to walk your dog but you have to keep your dog on a leash on the Greenway. And a dog park would be a great place to let your dog off the leash and run around and meet other dogs.”
Cecilia Morgan, another dog lover explains, “When you have dogs like this, they have a ton of energy and sometimes walking them is just simply not enough. They just need to run around with other dogs and form that social connection.”
The proposed area would be across from the Sertoma Shelter. Thomas Bryson with North Augusta Leadership 2016 says, “We felt like it was an under-served area of the city. It was under-utilized, a lot of people don’t even know about Water Works Park. So we felt like it would be a great opportunity to add another benefit to the city.”
The park is projected to cost 45 thousand dollars. The group hopes to fund-raise the entire cost and ask the city for the land. You can find more information and fundraising efforts on the North Augusta Bark Park Facebook page here.