Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dog Park Opened, Another On the Way

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18 May 2017
One dog park opens, another planned at The Rez

An hour before a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new dog park at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors approved a conceptual plan for a similar venue to be built at Lakeshore Park in Rankin County.

The Old Trace Dog Park was two years in the planning and funding stages, prior to construction in April and May. The Park, which includes separate fenced areas for large and small breeds, watering stations, and benches, is open to the public free of charge. The exception is on weekends between May and September when a park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle is required. Walk-ins are still admitted free.

The RCAAF, through the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, presented a formal request for the Lakeshore Park Dog Park to the PRVWSD Board at the Board’s May meeting earlier Thursday morning. It received unanimous approval.

The timeline for construction of the Lakeshore Dog Park appears much shorter, since the Rankin County Animal Adoption Foundation (RCAAF), already has secured the construction costs through donations.

“We are fortunate that we have two substantial donors that love animals,” said Nancy Blanton of the RCAAF. “Due to their generous nature, we currently have funds in the bank to fund a dog park in Rankin County and we feel that Lakeshore Park at Barnett Reservoir is an ideal location.”
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is a state agency that oversees operation of the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir and about 17,000 acres of additional properties surrounding the lake. The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is a separate non-profit organization that supports the PRVWSD and its residential and business communities.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit www.TheRez.ms.gov.
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at www.barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

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