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The Flagpole — Beloved actress and pop icon Betty White is still remembered fondly a year and a half after her death, and her activism and love for animals has continued to inspire and carry on a lasting impact—even in the Athens community.

The Athens Area Humane Society held a “Betty White Day” on Jan. 17, the actress’ birthday, earlier this year, and announced its plans to open its first canine agility course, the Betty White Memorial Bark Park. AAHS CEO Cheryl McCormick explains the idea was sparked by the desire to create something in honor of White’s legacy, beyond a one-day celebration, that would continue giving back year-round and ultimately impact the rest of these dogs’ lives. The Bark Park recently celebrated its official ribbon cutting on May 4.