Dog park set to open in Troy
By Terry Oparka
Posted September 12, 2017
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TROY — The P. Terry and Barbara Knight Park and Daisy Knight Dog Park will open at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30.
Admission to the 16-acre park — on Livernois Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, next to the Stonecrest Senior Living Center — will be free on opening day.
In the spring of 2016, Barbara Knight donated $100,000 to the park in memory and recognition of her husband, P. Terry Knight.
The Troy City Council unanimously approved the name following the Parks and Recreation Committee’s unanimous recommendation, which came after considering over 60 names for the park. The city cited the Knights’ contributions to the city and their status as “devoted dog owners” of Daisy, a dog they had rescued.
Leadership Troy named P. Terry Knight the Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 2011. The award is given each year to an individual or couple who resides in Troy who has made significant contributions to the community through involvement in local organizations. A committee made up of a cross section of members of the Troy community makes the selections. Knight served on many local boards and coached a number of youth sports teams in Troy and Royal Oak. He died Aug. 9, 2015, at age 71 of prostate cancer, according to his obituary.
In 2015, city leaders approved plans for a senior assisted living center next to the 16 acres of city-owned property. The 9.59 acres are zoned single-family residential and are located just north of the 16 acres. The developer of the assisted living center agreed to help the city develop the dog park.
The Troy City Council unanimously approved planned unit development plans that North Point Development proposed for the 70,000-square-foot, 100-bed senior assisted living facility and memory care residential complex, which will have 37 parking spaces.
As part of the Stonecrest Senior Living Center development, the developer constructed an 80-space shared parking lot with lighting, a sidewalk along Livernois, internal sidewalks to city property, a detention basin and a fountain on city park property, and will fund the cost of restrooms. This is estimated to be a value of over $600,000, not including an additional contribution of $50,000 to the dog park.
Ashely Levin, project manager for the Troy Department of Public Works, said the city contracted out the fencing for the park, and city crews installed trash cans, bag dispensers, topsoil and grass seed using $27,000 raised in a crowdfunding campaign.
Other donations funded fence posts and benches, she said.
“Shelters and restrooms will be completed next year,” she said.
An annual membership for the dog park, which will have two fenced areas for dogs to be off leash, costs $35 for Troy residents and $45 for nonresidents.
Memberships are valid Oct. 1-Sept. 30 each year. Owners must provide proof of license for each dog registered.
“Memberships will be available for purchase on-site on Sept. 30,” Levin said. She said the membership fees will cover city staff maintenance of the park and insurance costs.
Various Troy businesses — including pet stores, groomers and boarders — will also be on-site Sept. 30.
“We’re really excited,” Levin said.
“Over the years, this has been one of the top requests from residents related to parkland,” said Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart. “What a great opportunity we could get with Stonecrest. We’re very grateful to Barbara Knight for her donation to honor her husband, Terry, the money raised from the crowdfunding campaign and other donors.”
Parking on grand-opening day will be available at Zion Church, 3668 Livernois Road, next to the park. For additional information and to check out the layout of the park, visit rec.troymi.gov/dogpark.
About the author
Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.
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