Central Bark, the dog park located at Springfield’s Garner Street Park, will soon have an obstacle course available to the dogs, thanks to a $25,000 grant the city is receiving to implement the course.

A walking trail will also be added inside the park’s perimeter.

The Dog Park Dash grant was approved by the Boyd Foundation, which supports the creation of dog parks across the Volunteer state.

The Boyd Foundation has given away $25,000 grants to communities to build and expand their dog parks. 

Randy and Jenny Boyd announced Springfield as one of 30 of the 2019 grant recipients on Wednesday, July 17 on social media.

“The dog parks are not only great for dogs,” Randy Boyd said. “They are great for people, too. They bring people together.”

Boyd said on park benches in dog parks throughout the state, people will see both young and old, rich and poor and sometimes a Democrat and Republican might even share a bench enjoying their dogs.

In Springfield, using social media, the area community folks posted to their Facebook and Instagram accounts reasons why an obstacle course was needed at Springfield’s Central Bark.

The Boyd Foundation chose the parks they felt deserved the financial assistance.

Chantele Gonzalez, a Springfield resident who utilizes the dog park and was instrumental in its creation, was able to apply for the grant and see through the process, according to Springfield Parks and Recreation Director Terry Martin.

“She’s been amazing,” Martin said. “She worked hard to get this for the city. It’s incredible what all she has done for our dog park. Ever since she first approached me about getting a dog park, she’s been on it, working hard to see it through. She loves animals.”

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