The city is about to have a “soft opening” for the new dog park at Big Turtle Park in west Oak Ridge, and there could soon be a ribbon-cutting, an official said Tuesday.
Construction has been under way since this summer at the city’s first dog park, which is being built with help from a $100,000 donation from Radio Systems Corp. through Legacy Parks.
The park will include a “gorgeous entrance” and fenced-in fields for large and small dogs, and it will allow dogs to socialize and build community through resident interactions, Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said during a “State of the City” presentation at Lunch with the League on Tuesday.
Watson said he didn’t yet have specific dates for the soft opening or ribbon-cutting.
The donation from Radio Systems Corp., maker of the PetSafe Brand, was announced in February.
Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Director Josh Collins said then that the donation helps achieve a long-term community goal. Money had been the primary obstacle to building the dog park, a project that’s been in the works for about four to five years.
The project has its ardent supporters, and there is a Facebook page called “We want a dog park in Oak Ridge!”