Brentwood considering sites for second dog park


Brentwood could be home to a second dog park in the near future thanks to donations from an area nonprofit and a longtime resident.

During the Brentwood City Commission’s informational meeting Aug. 8, commissioners and city staff discussed the possibility of adding an additional dog park for city residents.

Proposed sites for the new park include areas in Crockett Park, Smith Park or Granny White Park, according to a presentation during the meeting. The city’s first dog park, Barkwood Dog Park, is located in the southwest corner of Tower Park near Heritage Way on the east side of I-65.

The park would be paid for using a combination of donated funds from Green Space Brentwood and Peggy Howell, a longtime Brentwood resident who died in late 2018. City Manager Kirk Bednar said the proposed park could be named after Howell or her basset hound Truman. Exact costs for the project have not yet been determined.

For now, the top contender is Granny White Park, located at 610 Granny White Pike, Brentwood. The site could be located near the park’s main parking lot north of the tennis courts and baseball fields.

City commissioners favored this site over others due to its location on the west side of the city and the fact that little construction would be required to build the park structures.

“The pros are it’s on the west side of town, you’ve got the amenities there, … you wouldn’t have to build any new parking or anything like that,” Bednar said.

Bednar said during the meeting city staff will still need to work to put together site plans and if approved, construction would likely not begin before spring 2020.

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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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