Paula Stinnett

Fort Oglethorpe City Councilwoman Paula Stinnett discusses the naming of the planned veteran's park during a January meeting. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Fort Oglethorpe's planned memorial park to honor military veterans has a committee, a proposed location, and now a name.

In October, City Councilwoman Paula Stinnett spearheaded an effort to create a Veteran's Council as a way of recognizing the area's rich military history and the service provided by many community veterans.

The committee is moving forward with its plan to dedicate a new memorial park in the area of Cleburn and Shelby streets, and announced the name of the park during the Jan. 8 City Council meeting.

"After several months and in-depth thought, the name of the park that will be created in honor of veterans and citizens has arrived," Stinnett said. "Each meeting we're averaging 20-25 members, and they're a very active group I might add. The vote was taken, and the creation will be called Honor Park."

Additional plans for the park include the planting of willow trees, granite markers to signify various wars, and a flag pole.

Stinnett previously said it could take three to four years to fully complete the park, and that the park will be funded through donations.

Dog park update

In addition to the veteran's park, the city has also gathered additional information regarding a possible dog park in town.

During November and December, the city offered a questionnaire on its website to garner community feedback regarding the proposed park, and City Manager Jennifer Payne-Simpkins says there was encouraging feedback from residents.

"With our online dog park survey we had 235 people complete the survey," Payne-Simpkins said. "Sixty-nine respondents have been to a dog park, and 89-percent think that the city would benefit from an area where dogs can play safely off the leash."

The survey also revealed that 87 percent of residents indicated they would visit a safe dog park in Fort Oglethorpe at least once a week. Eighty-three percent indicated they would invest $20 or more in a plaque or other commemorative item to help raise funds for the dog park, and 35 respondents gave their contact information stating they'd be willing to volunteer or participate with the dog park.

Payne-Simpkins says the next step is for city staff to continue to work with TVA on a use agreement for the proposed location at the corner of Van Cleve Street and Patterson Avenue.

"Secondly, we need to schedule a meeting with the 35 respondents and anyone else who may be interested in helping to raise funds to construct a dog park," Payne-Simpkins said.

In October, Public Works and Recreation Director Jeff Long said the 400-foot by 150-foot fenced-in park would cost approximately $40,000 to complete. The city already has $15,000 in funding allocated to the project.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.