BRISTOL, Tenn. — Food City has teamed up with Bristol, Tennessee, to help fund a new dog park at Food City Park on Oakwood Street, and construction is expected to begin in mid-July.
The dog park, announced last August, will be behind the Food City on Virginia Avenue. Part of the funding will come from a $25,000 award from the Boyd Foundation, and the rest is expected to come from a fundraising campaign by Food City that began June 8 and will end July 2.
Steve Smith, president and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores, Food City’s parent company, said the amount contributed by customers will be matched by the company. As of Tuesday afternoon, Food City customers had contributed $3,000, according to Tammy Baumgardner, Food City spokeswoman.
Terry Napier, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said he hopes the amount raised through the campaign will total $25,000 to $30,000.
The dog park will be the second in the city. Originally, it was expected to open in early summer, but Napier said a bridge replacement at Steele Creek Park set them back by about a month. The opening is now expected in late summer or early fall.
Now, the city is waiting on the fundraiser to end, but construction will move forward regardless of the amount raised, Napier said.
“Our plan is to fulfill the project as it was proposed, but it may be in phases, depending on how much we get out of the Food City fundraiser,” Napier said.
A conceptual drawing shows the park will have two splash pads, as well as play sets and play areas. Napier said the city would like to put in a public restroom, but that may come later if the money isn’t available.