Making Knox County the Most Pet Friendly Community!

The Boyd Foundation is giving away 10 dog park grants,

worth $50,000 each, to 10 neighborhoods in Knox County

through Knox Neighborhood Dog Parks (KNDP)

The Knox Neighborhood Dog Parks Plan

Through KNDP, The Boyd Foundation will give 10 dog park grants (5 city and 5 county), totaling $500,000, to neighborhoods in Knox County. With the addition of the 10 dog parks, Knox County would be #1 in dog parks per capita in the nation. KNDP is the Boyd's commitment to enhancing their hometown, Knoxville

10 Neighborhood Winners

$500,000 in Grants

#1 Most Pet Friendly Community


What is The Boyd Foundation?

Randy and Jenny Boyd established The Boyd Foundation in 2018 to support animal welfare and youth education in Tennessee. Randy Boyd is the President of the University of Tennessee, founder of PetSafe® and former commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Jenny Boyd is a Knoxville business owner and philanthropist who is passionate about animal welfare. 

In addition to Knox Neighborhood Dog Parks, The Boyd Foundation's Dog Park Dash has awarded 67 grants to communities all across Tennessee since 2018 and will be awarding another 33 in 2021, totaling $3 million in grants statewide.


Why Dog Parks?

71% of households own at least one pet

Dog parks are a hub for socialization for pets and their owners

Walkability is the biggest factor in dog park usage

Dog parks are a key quality of life component for many relocating


What You Need to Apply for KNDP

Submit Nomination for Your Community/ Neighborhood

City/County Submits Completed Application and Proof

Show Community Support with #KNDP and Letters

In order to apply for a KNDP grant, the application must be submitted by the a governing body (city or county) in Knox County, TN. Only applications that are completely filled out and include a proof of land will be considered. Nominations and applications are due by June 30th at 5:00 pm EST. There will be a social engagement period (July 1st - 24th) where applicants are encouraged to show why they want a dog park on social media using the #KNDP and submit letters of support. 


Winners will be announced July 30th!


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Want a Dog Park in Your Neighborhood?

While the official application for KNDP must come from the city or county, community engagement is critical to which neighborhoods apply for the grant and who the final 10 winners are. If you want a KNDP dog park in your neighborhood, click the button below to let your local official know you're interested in a park!



To help your community win a grant, use social media with #KNDP and your zip code during the engagement phase (July 1st - 24th)


The Knox Neighborhood Dog Parks (KNDP), funded by the Boyd Foundation, is dedicated to building or enhancing dog parks across Knox County, TN. Established in 2020, this program is helping to make Knox County the most pet-friendly community in America alongside other major efforts from brands such as Radio Systems Corporation, parent company of PetSafe (R). Through the KNDP, ten neighborhoods in Knox County will benefit from new or enhanced dog parks.