Plans for local dog park may get additional funding

Plans for local dog park may get additional funding

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The "See Spot Run Dog Park" may soon be getting a financial boost to help offset the costs of clearing ground and construction.

"We have been raising funds for about the past 6 months to build a dog park here at the corner of Pine Street and 4th Avenue," said Carey Varnado, President of See Spot Run Dog Park. "We've had a good response from the community, but we've learned that the Mississippi department of wildlife, fisheries, and parks, has grant money available that are actually national park service funds, but being administered by the state. It's a 50/50 matching fund grand, and dog parks are eligible for it."

The grant application is due May 28th and if the grant is approved, construction for the park can begin as early as late summer or early autumn.

"It's important for everyone to know that this is a matching fund grant," Varnado said. "Every dollar you give now can eventually turn into two dollars. If we're able to get the size grant that we want, which is in excess of $50,000, we can build a real state of the art dog park."

The park is backed The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation, for more information or to donate, click here.