Radio Systems Corp. has agreed to give Oak Ridge $100,000 through Legacy Parks to help build a dog park, a Friday afternoon press release said.
“At Radio Systems, we are always looking for ways we can give back to our community,” said Randy Boyd, founder and chief executive officer of Radio Systems Corp., maker of the PetSafe Brand. “We’ve seen the incredibly positive impact dog parks have made on communities, and we are excited to continue this effort in East Tennessee. We know Oak Ridgers and their dogs will enjoy a PetSafe dog park.”
The press release said PetSafe will partner with Oak Ridge to build the dog park within Big Turtle Park on the west end of the city.
“We are delighted with PetSafe’s decision to help us build a dog park in Oak Ridge, and greatly appreciate the company’s investment in our community,” Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said. “As the owner of three dogs, I look forward to bringing my own pets to the new park on a regular basis.”
Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Director Josh Collins said the donation helps achieve a long-term community goal.
“The Oak Ridge Dog Park Committee has followed with great interest the construction of PetSafe dog parks in the Knoxville area over last few years, and recently met with Knox County officials to discuss best practices from the county’s construction,” Collins said in the press release. “Construction of an off-leash area has long been a desire of the community and will be a major addition to our park system.”
The Dog Park Committee could report on the grant during a Thursday meeting of the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Board. That meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Oak Ridge Civic Center Social Room.
The committee earlier drafted two possible designs for the dog park.
In October, Collins said money was the primary obstacle to building the dog park, a project that’s been in the works for about four to five years. Collins said at the time that the cost of the dog park would depend upon its sizes, but expenses could exceed $50,000 for such items as water fountains, park benches, and hundreds of feet of fencing.
The project has its ardent supporters, and there is a Facebook page called “We want a dog park in Oak Ridge!”
PetSafe is headquartered in Knoxville. For more information, visit www.petsafe.net.