Brentwood renames dog park for longtime volunteer, resident Peggy Howell

The Brentwood City Commission meets at Brentwood City Hall at 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood. 
Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper
The Brentwood City Commission meets at Brentwood City Hall at 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood. Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper

The Brentwood City Commission meets at Brentwood City Hall at 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood. Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper

Brentwood’s dog park will be renamed next year in honor of a longtime resident and volunteer.

The Brentwood City Commission voted unanimously Nov. 11 to rename the dog park in Tower Park, Barkwood, to Miss Peggy’s Bark Park in honor of Peggy Howell, who died last fall. Howell was a volunteer with several organizations, including the Citizens for Brentwood Green Space.

“As a longtime friend of Peggy’s, she did love this community, that’s for sure,” Mayor Rhea Little said. “She was full of life all her life, so I think this is a wonderful tribute to her.”

The renaming was brought forward by members of CBGS in late October, and the new name was recommended by the city’s parks board, according to the city.

“The city recommended looking at renaming the Tower Park dog park, [and] we talked with some of the board, some of the people that worked with Peggy ... and vetted that as well, and they thought that was a great idea,” CBGS President Gil Hutchinson said during the meeting.


Howell bequeathed money in her will to the city as well as to CBGS for the park, according to the city. The funds will be used for future maintenance as well as the Brentwood Public Works Department.

The new name will become effective in February, after the city's agreement with Mars Petcare expires, according to the city. The Mars Petcare Company currently is the exclusive sponsor for the park until then.

Tower Park is located on the east side of I-65 along Heritage Way.
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By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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