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      Big plans 'unleashed' at Kirksville Bark Park

      As of Thursday, the park is halfway fenced with new benches and concrete.

      UPDATE:

      The McKinney Bark Park is nearly ready for public use.

      As of Thursday, the park is halfway fenced with new benches and concrete.

      It is the third day of fencing work, with an expected completion date of August 5th.

      The fencing is designed to create a division between the small and large dog play areas.

      The park will be located at the current Roadside Park on South Franklin Street.

      Crews from the Public Works Department are in charge of the landscaping.

      Community members came together to help raise the funds in order to have this new addition in the city of Kirksville.

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      Happiness was 'unleashed' as the ground was broken for the McKinney Bark Park.

      City officials headed to the park to share the layout details with the community. The park will be located at what is currently known as Roadside Park on Franklin Street. Crews from the Public Works Department have begun to landscape and re-plant grass. Community members came together to help raise the funds in order to have a dog park come to Kirksville. $20,000 had to be raised to match the city's funding of the park. Many people that live in Kirksville believe that a dog park will be a great addition to the city.

      "It's going to really improve the quality of life and various activities that are available to the citizens of Kirksville," said Mayor Glen Moritz.

      Construction at the Bark Park is already one month ahead of schedule. The McKinney Bark Park is scheduled to open this summer on July 24th.