Official ribbon-cutting last Friday

An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday evening at Augusta’s brand new dog park, located in the Meadowview Acres area, west of Garvin Park.
The new facility features an area for large dogs and an area for small dogs.  The entire park is surrounded by coated chain link fencing, features benches, established shade trees and water fountains for dogs and people.
Augusta Mayor Mike Rawlings was absent but sent a special canine representative to help deliver the his message.  Terri Rawlings, the mayor’s wife, also assisted.
“On behalf of the Augusta City Council I would like to welcome you all to the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for our brand new Dog Park Facility.  In 2016, the City Council embarked on an initiative to overhaul our great community and make Augusta a more attractive, inviting, and exciting place to live and raise a family (including the furry ones).
The Pride & Progress strategic initiative is just over two years old, and in that period of time, you have seen major investments in infrastructure, community facilities, and park amenities like this dog park targeted at improving the quality of life for Augusta’s residents and visitors.  This park has been on the request list for many years and now it's a reality.  This is a place where you and your dog can run free, exercise, and meet new friends.  
We had to overcome several challenges thrown at us by different federal agencies to allow us to re-purpose this space that used to be homes prior to the flood of 1998 and the buy-out. The permitting process alone took over seven (7) months to complete.  Augusta’s dog park features:
Separate spaces for small/timid dogs (south) and large dogs (north)
35,000 sq ft space large dogs / 25,000 sq. ft. for small dogs
5’ Black thermoplastic coated chain link fence
Double gated/separate entry/exit portals
Shade trees and benches
6 dog waste stations with free baggies; trash cans
Play amenities:  fire hydrants (dog shaming stations), landscape boulders, tree stumps/trunks
Water Fountain

Thank you to the Augusta community for your support of the sales tax initiative that helped make this facility possible.  Thank you to all of the city staff members who oversaw construction of the facility and assisted with various pieces of the project, including the Community Development Dept., Streets Division, Electric Dept., and Water Dept.
We would like to offer special recognition to Michael Hare of Quality First Fencing who installed the fencing for this facility.  His company provided a high quality product and installation services.  In addition, Michael is a dog lover and chose to reimburse the City $5,000 on the project to assist with dog park maintenance and amenities.  Thank you Mr. Hare for you generous donation and for being a great corporate citizen.
Finally, I would like to thank the Augusta City Council past and present and former Mayor Matt Childers for their vision and leadership in launching the Pride & Progress initiative and helping bring this facility to fruition.”