BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - It looks like the pups of Bryant will have a new place to play. Residents in the area started talking about adding a dog park years ago, but that talking has now turned into action. A few of the community members got together and formed an official committee to plan the new attraction.
One of those members is a 16-year-old who wants a new place to take his dog. Kris Hudson is helping lead the effort.
"I don't think it's right to just sit around and do nothing," he said. "If you're going to start being a good citizen, you need to start young."
Meredith Lusk is spearheading the committee, whose purpose is to design the dog park.
"We need a 6 foot fence, we need double gates and we would like to have a splash pad for our dogs," Lusk said regarding the park's wish list. "We also need a walk-around for the dog park and a picnic area for people to sit down."
One thing that the committee already has is a location. Bryant Parks Director Derek Phillips said the city passed a tax to build a bigger park, so that frees up a field on Shobe Road at Alcoa 40 Park.
Creating the dog park does not require a vote since Animal Control is working to pay for it. They are hoping to receive grant money to help cover the cost and are planning fundraisers for the community. To help donate to the dog park fund, contact Meredith Lusk at firstname.lastname@example.org.