The city of Jackson has gone to the dogs — finally.
After a handful of weeks on construction, the city opened its first dog park. Making use of the existing Beech Tree Park at the corner of North Blackstone and Van Buren streets in downtown Jackson, the fully fenced area has sections for both large and small breeds to roam free any time they wish.
“As residential development booms in downtown Jackson, it’s important that we make sure our downtown has the amenities that can help attract future residents,” said Mayor Derek Dobies. “Making sure we have adequate space for our furry friends is actually a pretty big priority, and the private donation we secured to build Betty’s Dog Park couldn’t have come at a better time. This will be a great addition to our community.”
The park is named in honor of Betty Dahlem Desbiens, the Jackson resident who saw the need for a dog park and contributed to its funding.
“Thank you to everyone for helping a dream of mine come true,” Desbiens said at the spring groundbreaking.
Beech Tree Park had been underused since its award-winning beech tree was removed after being struck by lightning. The area is maintained by the Jackson Parks and Recreation Department.
“I am thrilled to see this project come to fruition,” said Danielle Dobies, chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Commission. “It will be a great addition to the roster of amazing parks in the city, creating a space for us to socialize with our furry friends and further drive community engagement.”