LEBANON — There was a lot of yapping at Bob Smith Park on Wednesday morning, but officials didn't seem to mind as they broke ground for Lebanon’s first dog park.
Dog park organizer Warren Beeson spoke to the crowd before the gold shovel ceremony, explaining that he got the idea to bring a dog park to Lebanon while visiting his daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.
Beeson said he would have brought his own dog to the festivities himself, but his dog would be too excited making new friends with all the other canines.
The Laura Gillott Home Team donated $25,000 for the park: The goal for the entire project is $40,000.
Gillott's donation gave organizers enough confidence to start construction earlier this month — fences were being built during the groundbreaking — and Beeson expects a spring or summer opening, he said.
Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz added a few words during the celebration as well, saying the groundbreaking effort is a culmination of partnerships between the city, private citizens and businesses, specifically the Laura Gillott team who showed up all wearing black Gillott T-Shirts.
Aziz added that he has been asked by several citizens when Lebanon will get a dog park built ever since he was elected mayor, and now he has an answer.