ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The next coming attraction at the reservoir, a dog park. Soon owners can let their dogs off the leash for a romp in one of the Metro's most scenic destinations, Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.
This will be the Metro's first free, public, off-the-leash dog park. Stakes with orange tape mark off the area where the dog park will be established.
We caught up with an area dog owner Friday morning out with his West Highland Terriers for a stroll. Ted cannot wait to let his pups off the lease.
"I've been to one in New Orleans," said Ted Aricht. "It was really a lot of fun. the dogs cut up and interact, so yes, I would enjoy having that. "
The Ross Barnett Reservoir Foundation has completed fundraising thanks to donor contributions and local businesses like Hollywood Feed for chipping in.
"It was exactly 10 thousand dollars that we donated," said manager Will Rainey. "I think it covered some benches, trash receptacles. It's just what we do, we want to help out the community."
The Foundation chose Jefcoat Fence Company to build the enclosure. Wet weather has delayed the progress this month. They will soon order the engraved bricks purchased during the fundraiser for the dog park.
Once mother nature cooperates, the fence will go up, a water line will be put in and 10 new benches and trash receptacles will be set up. Small dogs and large dogs will have designated play areas. The grand opening is expected in January 2017.
It's free to the public, the only requirements, no aggressive dogs, and dogs must be vaccinated.
One of the organizers, Rene Kimble, said Friday, the Foundation will now work on establishing a dog park on the Rankin county side of the reservoir.