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Dog Park grand opening Tuesday
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Lucky, a 3-year-old terrier mix, hopes to be just that this Tuesday. He will be among the dogs up for adoption during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at McMinnville Dog Park at 1 p.m. The newly established park is located across from Pepper Branch Park.

McMinnville is officially unleashing its first dog park.

A ribbon-cutting for the grand opening of McMinnville Dog Park is being held this Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. 

“This park is a wonderful addition to the city of McMinnville,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “Dog owners have been asking for a park to take their pets so they can run off leash. Here it is.” 

The presence of dogs is encouraged at this ribbon cutting.

“Yes,” said McCord, when asked if dogs were welcome to attend with their owners. “Please, bring your dog. We want as many as possible. Make sure they have their rabies tags.” 

Invited are some four-legged friends who need a new leash on life.

“If you don’t have a dog, but you want one, I’ve invited the city’s Animal Control and the county’s Animal Control and Adoption Center to be there and both are bringing adoptable dogs,” said McCord. “You can adopt a dog during the ribbon cutting ceremony.”

Randy Boyd from the Boyd Foundation will be in attendance. 

Prompting initial construction of the park was a $25,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation. 

Randy and Jenny Boyd established the foundation in 2018 to fund Tennessee Dog Park Dash, which is dedicated to building or enhancing dog parks across the state. 

“Randy Boyd will be in attendance,” said McCord. 

McMinnville Dog Park is located across the street from Pepper Branch Park.