Pet owners in Lizella could soon have a new spot to walk their furry friends.

Bibb Commissioner Joe Allen says he is working to create a community park next to the Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter.

Jenny Saldivar says walking dogs is not a rough way to spend the day.

“It's not really a job or a chore. It’s fun to come out here and see all the animals and love them,” said Saldivar.

She volunteers at the Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter.

“They get to see people, but they don’t always get to interact and love and get loved so it’s just awesome to love them because that’s all they want,” said Saldivar.

When she heard that commissioner Joe Allen is trying to build a new park next to the shelter, she says she thought about all the good opportunities it could bring the animals.

“We're going to have a place for people to walk, a place for them to picnic, a place for outdoor recreation, a bathroom, and places to get water and such,” said Allen.

Allen says he wants to use $490,000 of 2012’s SPLOST funds to create a new community center in Lizella.

“We don’t have anything, and it’s about time we get something,” said Allen.

He says another bonus of having the park right next to the shelter is for volunteers to have a new place to take the animals for walks.

Saldivar says the trails could be a great way to spend more time outdoors with the animals on hot summer days.

“There's a lot of wooded areas but it’s not really developed, so I think the trails would be a good idea for more shade while you’re walking the dogs,” said Saldivar.

Allen says he is going to discuss the park at Tuesday's commission meeting.

If you are interested in learning how to volunteer at the shelter, call 478-621-6791.