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Posted on: September 24, 2019

RELEASE: 19-086 - Helen Cowan Dog Park sees major upgrades

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Helen Cowan Dog Park sees major upgrades


The Helen Cowan Dog Park received a major upgrade last week thanks to the generosity of Lebanon Lowe’s and their employees.

The park, located on the Atchley Park grounds, was this year's local project Lowe’s Home Improvement chose for the Lowe’s Home Improvement Heroes Program.

Through the program, Lowe's provides materials and employees volunteer time and manpower to make it happen.

According to John Shelton, Lebanon Parks Director, originally the dog park was just a fenced-off area where dogs could run free. Now the park features a fire hydrant, obstacle course, tires, picnic tables, landscaping and more.

"This was a labor of love for our employees and their families," said Renee Durbin, Lebanon Lowe’s Home Improvement Assistant Manager and Lowes Heroes Program coordinator.

More than 30 employees and family members participated in the project and members of Supporters of Children with Additional Needs, Inc., better known as S.C.A.N., helped with the painting of the new signage. Durbin said one employee, Andrew Wallace, went above and beyond in cutting out and creating all the new signage at the park. The tires for the park were donated to by Scott Jones from Jones Auto and Truck Plaza.

The newly renovated park officially opened Saturday and it has been busy since then.

"This is going to be a popular addition to our park system, " Shelton said. "We are thankful to Lowe’s, S.C.A.N. and all the other volunteers and donors who helped make this possible. The park looks amazing and we look forward to providing Lebanon's canine citizens a place to run and play."

The Helen Cowan Dog Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., during regular Atchley Park hours.

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