JONESBORO, Ark. – Mayor Copenhaver announced plans for a new dog park during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, followed by a Facebook video post Tuesday evening.
The dog park will be the second for Jonesboro, located near Jonesboro High School, along the multipurpose path currently under construction on Culberhouse. An extension of the pathway is planned to soon begin on the section of Highland Drive between Culberhouse and Southwest Drive. The City’s only other official dog park, Midtown Dog Park, behind Earl Bell on Cobb Street, will continue to operate as normal.
The roughly two-acre property is owned by the city for runoff retention – one of many located in the city that Mayor Copenhaver said he has tasked his staff to re-imagine in ways that maintain their ultimate use for water retention. The park will be constructed to allow patrons and their pets to enjoy the naturally shaded areas of the facility. The park will contain a small parking lot and entrance located along Parkview, and offer separate accommodations for both large and small dogs.
“One of the most popular requests we hear from our neighbors is that Jonesboro could use more dog and neighborhood parks. As a result, we are reviewing our current inventory of city-owned property to see which of these lend themselves to have dual purpose. This area jumped out as a good first run.” Copenhaver also thanked area residents who came out to learn about the project at a recent neighborhood meeting, and was pleased with the feedback and support expressed during the meeting.
Construction is planned to begin this fall. The city anticipates the park to be open to the public in time for spring. Copenhaver did announce a unique twist on the currently unnamed park.
“This project is for our residents, and we want them to be a part of the process in a fun way- by helping name it,” said Copenhaver.
Name ideas are encouraged to be submitted on the City of Jonesboro’s Facebook page, under the Dog Park video post, but can also be sent via email to the Parks Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org