By Andrea Cordle
City officials anticipate that the new community dog park will attract many visitors.
At the April 7 meeting, Grove City Council approved legislation to allocate $196,000 for improvements at Breck Community Park, which include more parking spaces to accommodate the patrons.
The park originally had 19 parking spaces. Council members thought that was inadequate. The funds would add 52 parking spaces, bringing the total number of parking spaces at the park to 71.
According to Chuck Boso, city administrator, the $196,000 also includes engineering for restrooms and park signage.
Breck Community Park is located off Demorest Road. The park will feature an off-leash area for dogs, as well as a pet-themed playground, walking trails, a fishing pier and community gardens.
City officials hope to open the park within the next few months.
Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said there are several issues with the park that need to be addressed.
“There are safety issues with two ponds,” said Stage.
The 22-acres park includes retention ponds. Stage said there is a large slope at one of the ponds. There is a bike path close by.
“We need some type of protection,” said Stage.
The mayor also said there is a problem with the bike path as well as ongoing drainage issues.
The city’s administration said they would come up with solutions to these issues.
According to Stage, the city has already invested approximately $1.4 million into Breck Community Park.