In collaboration with the Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department, Vision Cashiers is developing a clean and safe recreational area for Cashiers and its four-legged friends.
Construction is set to begin in the next couple of weeks on the Cashiers Dog Park, located in the grassy area between the two ballfields adjacent to the Cashiers Recreation Center.
The location provides an open run area for large dogs, and a smaller area for little pups. There is easy access from Frank Allen Road and it’s close to refreshments and public facilities with ample parking and a pleasant view of the mountains.
In 2020, Vision Cashiers approached Jackson County with the idea to establish a fenced-in, off-leash dog park where canine citizens and their owners can exercise and socialize while respecting people, property, and wildlife.
Cashiers is a good location for a dog park because of the large number of year-round and seasonal dog owners and Jackson County officials were supportive of the idea.
If Vision Cashiers raised $50,000 in private donations, the County agreed to donate the land and maintain the park. Volunteer-led fundraising efforts began immediately.
On Feb. 17, Vision Cashiers exceeded the $50,000 goal and the County will soon begin construction. The hope is to open the dog park to the public this spring, followed by an entertaining dog show this summer.
Vision Cashiers extends its gratitude to all the generous donors, which includes 145 dog lovers, also known as our “Puppy Patrons.”
Puppy Patrons and their dogs will be recognized by name for their generosity at the new park’s entrance. Since the dog park fundraising was such a success, Vision Cashiers will have additional funds for park enhancements and maintenance.
They will also be making a donation to the Cashiers Highlands Humane Society in honor of donors and to recognize the important work CHHS does across the Plateau.
In addition to accommodating dog families, Vision Cashiers is committed to adding public art to the Cashiers Dog Park. Public art contributes to our village’s already wonderful identity and adds value to the cultural, visual, and economic vitality of Cashiers. Please stay tuned as we explore adding art to the Cashiers Dog Park.
Vision Cashiers is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to “Improving Tomorrow…Today.”
Their mission is to foster prudent, sustainable, quality growth of the Cashiers area so that our community can prosper as a year-round economy and destination, preserving and capitalizing on its natural assets and heritage and be known as a great place to live and visit.
If you are interested in joining our growing group of volunteers, we invite you to help us improve tomorrow…today by visiting www.visioncashiers.com.
By Rand Kramer, Vision Cashiers Volunteer and Dog Park Initiative Leader