Bark Park for CW pooches?

If dogs in Canal Winchester had their say, they would bark support for an idea discussed at a Canal Winchester Village Council’s committee of the whole meeting held Nov. 26.

Public Works Director Matt Peoples reported on ideas for constructing a "Bark Park" on village owned property. He said the topic of a dog specific park, where owners could take their pampered pooches for off-leash exercise, has come up in the last couple of weeks.

"There are a lot of different options out there, but basically the park is a gate and a fence," said Peoples.

Options include: small dog/big dog areas within a single park; the ability to shut one side of the park down while maintenance is conducted on the other side; a "bull pen" which does not allow dogs to exit on their own when others are entering the park; a variety of fencing from simple post and rolled metal netting to chain link; watering stations and walking paths; a pond; and staging area for pet owners.

"There are some considerations we need to make, such as where would we put it?" said Peoples, who added there have been discussions about the possibility of locating a dog park in the Dietz and Ashbrook area.

"I think it’s (park) a good idea, but I want to do it right. There’s plenty of parking there. It’s just a smaller area. Most of the cost would be in fencing, if we have a site, depending on what type of fencing you get," said Peoples.

Councilwoman Bobbie Mershon felt the concept of the Bark Park was a good idea and said, for relatively little money, the village would get a "lot of bang for a buck."

"There are a lot of people with dogs and they would relish having a place to take them," said Mershon. "There’s a lot of camaraderie among dog owners and I think it would be a good thing for Canal Winchester to do."

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