MTA Funds Dog Park at Trailhead

The McDowell Trails Association (MTA) has given $25,000 to the Town of Old Fort to fund a dog park at the Fonta Flora State Trailhead and Old Fort Park. This donation will be included as part of a grant to build the park on land donated to and now owned by the state and leased to the Town of Old Fort.  The route of the FFST will enter the town from the east, and the Trailhead Park will become not only a gateway to the town, but also a place for residents and visitors to enjoy a picnic shelter, dog park, the Fonta Flora State Trail, an open green space, and other planned amenities.

The MTA received donations over the past several years that were earmarked for a dog park in McDowell County.  The site in Old Fort is well suited for a dog park, and with an anticipated PARTF grant of $325,000, plus a local match of $325.000, park construction will begin in the near future.

The MTA is grateful to generous donations by Ken and Linda Walters and Charles and Bunnie Burgin, and the donation of land in Marion by the Ernest House Family which the MTA sold and earmarked the proceeds to the dog park.

The Fonta Flora State Trailhead and Old Fort Park is made possible by the collaboration among the Town of Old Fort, McDowell County, the Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail, and the McDowell County Tourism Development Authority.  The MTA is pleased to make this donation for the dog park and will continue to help make the Trailhead Park a reality.

For more information contact the Steve Pierce at