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A Park is Now a Welcoming Spot for Pooches Too

Written by Heather Tenney, Vice President of Member Services, Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®

The City of Georgetown, SC is heavily visited as a stopping point between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, and provides a much needed rest stop for travelers to stretch their legs and to give canines a break to exert some energy.  

An ideal place to stop is the East Bay Park of Georgetown, which is a heavily utilized 5-acre outdoor community space nestled against the Winyah Bay, an outlet to the Atlantic Ocean. The Park had a walking path, playground, baseball fields and boat ramp, but no welcoming space for dog owners and their pooches.

One of our REALTOR® members, Carol Jayroe, who is also on the Georgetown City Council member, mentioned to us that the City was interested in adding a dedicated space for dogs and would love to have our assistance in making this dream a reality. The city had an 1/2 acre of underutilized green lawn available in East Bay Park for the project.  So the project began.

East Bay Park, City of Georgetown, SC

Photo courtesy of the Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®

Once the green space was approved by city Council to proceed with conversion into a dog park, the Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) used NAR’s Placemaking grant to landscape two areas of the dog park, one for smaller dogs and another fenced in area for larger dogs. Once the fence was in place, a group of CCAR REALTORS® and affiliate volunteers, as well as volunteers from the local steel mill, gathered on a cold January day to help plant trees and bushes alongside the fence, to add welcoming curb appeal. The landscaping added much needed curb appeal for the dog park.

A group of CCAR REALTORS® and affiliate volunteers help plant trees and bushes alongside the fence in the East Bay Park

Photos courtesy of the Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®

In February 2020, we celebrated the ribbon cutting of the first official dog park in the city of Georgetown, South Carolina. In attendance, was the mayor of Georgetown, who conducted the ceremony, council members, Saint Francis Animal Center, Liberty Steel Mill and REALTORS®.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the dog park at the East Bay Park in the City of Georgetown, SC

Photo courtesy of JasonWheelerVideo.com

Of course, our star guests arrived as well and enjoyed running and playing as well as taking advantage of the water fountains. Their owners also enjoyed the space as well. 

Three images put together showing a dog near the fence, a dog drinking water by the water fountain, people walking their dogs

Photos courtesy of the Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®

We look forward to many years of enjoying the outdoors with our canine companions in this park and appreciate the opportunity to make this park into a reality.

A group photo at the East Bay Park showing all the people involved in the creation of the dog park

Photo courtesy of the Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®

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NAR Placemaking Resources

Placemaking Guide: A Guide to Transform a Public Space into a Community Place
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Placemaking Grant
The Placemaking Grant funds the creation of new public spaces, like pocket parks, trails & gardens, in a community. The grant focuses on “lighter, cheaper, quicker” placemaking projects, which can be built under a year and cost less  than $200,000.