Group pushes to construct High Point’s first dog park

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- An independent group is pushing to construct High Point's first dog park.

FIDO (Friends' Initiative for Dog Parks Off-Leash) Parks of High Point has been working with the parks and recreation department for about six months.

The possible location to add the dog park would be within the underused Hedgecock Park.

Director of High Point Parks and Recreation Lee Tillery said the park was donated by the Hedgecock family in the mid-1980s.

Recently the department brought in a company to complete a possible rendering complete with signage options and agility activities.

Group leader Jim Bronnert said there is a lot of support for the dog park and wants the funding to come from private donors.

"Almost every city in this proximity all have a dog park except for the city of High Point and this is something that's become common in all cities across the country now. It's a great place to socialize and a great place for animals to socialize," Bronnert said. "We're not asking the taxpayers or want to ask the taxpayers to pay for this. We're trying to do this with private money and there's plenty of that."

Tillery said that the department still has to speak with area neighbors and get a cost estimate of maintenance.

The next committee meeting where the information will be presented is Aug. 8.

An estimate for the park itself has not been released.