New 'Bark Park' open for play in Erwin

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 25, 2020 at 8:15 PM

ERWIN — To the delight of many dogs and dog walkers who enjoy stretching their legs on the Erwin Linear Trail, the town’s new Bark Park is open for play.

Built with a $25,000 grant from the Randy and Jenny Boyd Foundation’s Dog Park Dash program, the 4.8-acre park quietly opened to the public earlier this month. And according to town Communications Specialists Jamie Rice, it's already quite a hit.

“It’s been really busy,” Rice said. “We can see we definitely need more benches.”

While the town hopes to conduct an official ribbon-cutting in mid-April and have been working with Randy Boyd’s staff to arrange a date, Rice said the park’s grand opening celebration may be delayed further by the ongoing coronavirus containment efforts.

The good news, she said, is that the project was completed within budget and without any additional costs to the town.

Features include two separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, clean up stations for both sections, a couple of benches and, just for fun, several small tunnels for the dogs to run through.

A water station is also in place but not yet connected. Rice said tentative plans are being laid for some fundraising events to add to the park’s amenities.

The park is located at the Linear Trail’s 2.25-mile marker between North Indian Creek and the Unicoi County Animal Shelter on North Industrial Drive.

Parking is available at the Kiwanis Park playground. Park rules are posted at the gate.

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