Mud Island dog park would cost $100K - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mud Island dog park would cost $100K

Memphis councilman Lee Harris thinks the GreenBelt park on Mud Island needs a dog park like Overton Park. Memphis councilman Lee Harris thinks the GreenBelt park on Mud Island needs a dog park like Overton Park.
A Mud Island dog park would cost a little more than $100,000 to build with fencing and signage, according to Harris. A Mud Island dog park would cost a little more than $100,000 to build with fencing and signage, according to Harris.

(WMC-TV) - A dog park could be coming to Mud Island.

Memphis councilman Lee Harris thinks the GreenBelt park on Mud Island needs a dog park like Overton Park.

"It will come out of last year's budget. It's already approved it's already there. Doesn't impact the tax rate at all because it was already put in the budget last year," said Harris.

A Mud Island dog park would cost a little more than $100,000 to build with fencing and signage, according to Harris. He said last year's Parks budget, with $850,000 unused, would fund the project.

Other council members said that unused money needs to go to fixing existing city parks.

"That money was put together for the purposes, I expressed, that was the repair of the older parks," said councilman Bill Boyd.

Boyd said current Memphis parks need maintenance upkeep and repairs instead of the money going to the dogs.

"You got council members that have parks within their districts that need that work done," said Boyd. "And the timing is terrible, too."

The dog park proposal passed in committee this week. It should come up in front of the full council in two weeks with the debate heated on both sides.

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