Doggone it! The city of McMinnville has been denied a tourism grant from the state to establish a dog park.
“We didn’t get the dog park grant because they couldn’t link that to tourism,” said McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley.
The tourism grant, worth $50,000, was from the state Department of Environment and Conservation. While the city submitted the grant, it was found and the grant application written by Friends of the Greenway members. Group member Trevor Galligan brought the grant to the city’s attention, asking permission for members to write the grant if the city would agree to submit it.
“It’s a grant that has to be submitted by either city or county and all the work has to take place on city or county property,” said Galligan. “It’s a 90-10 match. The maximum amount we are requesting the city help us with would be $5,000.”
The plan, if the grant had been awarded, would have been to establish a dog park along River Trail East, which is a walking trail along the Barren Fork River connecting Ramsey Park, Sally’s Alley and Rocket Park, at Hobbs Park.
Interest in a dog park is growing. McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord says he’s routinely asked about establishing one.
“I get a lot of calls about it,” said McCord. “There is a demand.”
Currently, the city does not have a dog park and animals are banned from Civic Center ballfields.