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Dozens of Brentwood community members joined government officials on Saturday morning for a ribbon cutting and renaming ceremony for Miss Peggy's Bark Park.

The park was previously known as Tower Park Dog Park and has now been named after Peggy Sain Howell, a beloved Brentwood resident who died in 2018.

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Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little, City Manager Kirk Bednar, Brentwood Green Space President Gil Hutchinson and Miss Peggy’s Love Circle Representative Annette Bishop all spoke of Howell's impact on the community as well as her love of dogs, especially her basset hounds.

"Two things come to mind when I think of Peggy, that's 'service' and 'friend'," Mayor Little said as he recounted her numerous involvement with community groups where Howell served as both a volunteer and a friend to many.

"I just know that Peggy is rejoicing from heaven and saying, 'I have a dog parked named after me!' I know she's so happy about this, and she was just the perfect person to do it [for] because they were her life," Bishop said. 

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Annette Bishop

Bednar spoke of his friendship with Howell, having served in the same Leadership Brentwood class. He said that Howell's generosity was not just in her time, but through financial contributions to the help preserve green space in the city as well as to the city's Public Safety Trust Fund, via her estate. 

"You all know that once you knew Peggy she was a friend for life, but she was a friend of the City too," Bednar said.  

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Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little stands with his fellow city commissioners.

Miss Peggy's Bark Park can be found in the southwest corner of Tower Park just off Heritage Way and more information about the park can be found here.

Video below courtesy of the City of Brentwood.

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