published Monday, September 19th, 2011

Chattapets: Free dog park in Collegedale needs activity

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    Sampson is on his way to the Collegedale Dog Park, according to owner LaDonna Kolling.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Collegedale Dog Park opened just over a year ago at the east end of Wolftever Greenway near the Nature Nook, but supporter LaDonna Kolling said not enough residents have made the discovery.

“Although we have visitors to the dog park, it is still too often that we take our furry friends to the dog park and end up being there alone,” she said.

Convenient for Collegedale, Ooltewah, Apison and East Brainerd residents, the park is open from dusk to dawn 365 days a year.

“The park is a free, off-leash fenced-in area that provides dogs of all sizes the opportunity to socialize and play with other dogs,” she said. “Additionally, it allows community members to meet one another.”

Amenities include plenty of shade trees, an open area to play fetch and a small pool for water dogs. A water spigot and bench donated by SouthEast Bank & Trust are also available.

“There is no membership or regulations on who can attend, so all well-mannered dogs are welcome from everywhere,” said Kolling, who worked with Tom Drake and the city of Collegedale to make the park a reality.

Dr. Brian Dickinson, a small-animal veterinarian in the Collegedale/Ooltewah area, said access to such a facility is good for canine companions.

“Well-exercised and socialized dogs are proven to be less likely to become neighborhood nuisances, bark excessively and destroy property,” he said in a news release.

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Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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Pass_it_on said...

Directions would be nice, I don't know where the landmarks in the article are located.

The webpage has no map or directions either ...

So, where is it?

September 19, 2011 at 6:55 p.m.
mobyrich said...

On Apison Pike just as you turn left at the four way stop with University Drive.

September 19, 2011 at 9:44 p.m.
McRand said...

Maybe if you'd be open from daybreak till sundown, you'd get more visitors.

September 19, 2011 at 10:48 p.m.
TruthDoc said...

Really? Those are directions?? Turning left when coming from which direction? It's customary to give a starting point, compass directions (North, South, East, West), street names, and distances (miles, feet, etc.) when giving directions. Even the pictorial map is a mess. Maybe this is why nobody is using the park. Nobody knows how to give directions anymore. "It's just over yonder a fur piece....."

October 30, 2011 at 2:59 a.m.
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