CRESTVIEW — Hub City dog owners will receive an unexpected Christmas gift: confirmation that they will have a dog park.

Jim Huff, on behalf of Ted Simmons, presented a $62,000 donation to Paul Lowrey, president of the Main Street Crestview Association for development of a Crestview dog park in Twin Hills Park. 

“The dog park will honor Mr. Simmons and his beloved dog Max for this awesome contribution to the community,” Brenda Smith, Crestview’s Community Redevelopment Agency director, said in a media release. “Ms. April Meier, owner of Pawsitively Scrumptious on Main Street, was approved by the CRA and MSCA to head up this effort and has since collected a total of $65,000 for the project.”

With the Crestview Public Works Department’s guidance, MSCA will work on the design layout and purchase all equipment. 

The city will implement a collection process for an annual dog park fee to use the park. These funds will be used toward the upkeep and special maintenance dog parks require. 

The fees, process and the dog park project-completion date have not yet been determined but the park will be finished in 2017, according to the release.