Foundation donates $500,000 for neighborhood parks

Knox County residents can nominate their neighborhood for grants to build new dog parks thanks to a partnership between Knox County, City of Knoxville and a $500,000 donation from The Boyd Family Foundation.

The Foundation will give 10 dog park grants worth $50,000 each to five city and five county neighborhoods that apply and meet the criteria. Information is available at

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 30. The nomination period will be followed by a social engagement period from July 1 through July 24, when neighborhoods are encouraged to show why they need a dog park on social media using the #KNDP.

“This is a generous gift from the Boyd Family Foundation, and my dog Bobo and I are excited to see more new dog parks soon to be built at the neighborhood level,” Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said. “I encourage residents to share ideas and work together toward adding a wonderful new amenity and gathering place in their neighborhood.”