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Dog park will be named after P. Terry and Barbara Knight

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 7, 2016

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The new 16-acre park on Livernois Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, which will house a long-awaited dog park, got an official name — the P. Terry and Barbara Knight Park.

The dog park portion will be called the Daisy Knight Dog Park.

Earlier this spring, 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 at its Aug. 22 meeting, following the Parks and Recreation Committee’s unanimous recommendation from July 14 that 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.”

In March, the City Council unanimously approved changes to its policy for naming city parks and amenities so names could include the word “memorial” or be named for a living person.

“I’m thrilled to give the donation,” Barbara Knight told the council.

She said she and her husband were “city-raised,” and her husband’s business was based in Troy.

“I couldn’t be happier to do this for the city of Troy,” she said.

Leadership Troy named P. Terry Knight the Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 2011. The Troy Distinguished Citizen awards are given each year to an individual or couple who reside in Troy who have 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. 

P. Terry Knight served on boards of the Troy Kiwanis Club, the Boys and Girls Club of Troy, Walsh College, the Troy Downtown Development Authority, the Troy Chamber of Commerce, the Troy Animal Control Board and the Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence. He also coached a number of youth sports in Troy and Royal Oak.

He died of prostate cancer Aug. 9, 2015, at age 71, according to his obituary.

City leaders approved plans Nov. 23 for a senior assisted living center next to some city-owned property on the east side of Livernois Road, north of Big Beaver Road. The 9.59 acres are zoned single-family residential and are located just north of the 16.5-acre dog park. 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 development, North Point will construct 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 restrooms. This is estimated to be a value of over $600,000, not including an additional contribution of $50,000 to the dog park.

North Point’s improvements to the city property are expected to be finished this fall.

Troy Public Works Director Kurt Bovensiep said the dog park is expected to be completed in spring of 2017.

“This is a great example of a public-private partnership,” Bovensiep said.

He noted that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board identified a dog park as something many residents want.

Bovensiep said Daisy was a dog the Knights rescued.

“I can’t be more excited,” said Troy Mayor Dane Slater. “Terry’s résumé, what he’s done for the city — it’s a no brainer for me. What a great man he was for the city.”

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