Saturday, February 23, 2002

Hamilton County may get dog park

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hamilton County commissioners are considering a request to give the county's park district 18.2 acres along Pippin Road in Colerain Township to create a dog park.

        Commissioner Todd Portune said he is in favor of the land transfer.

        Dog parks — enclosed areas where dogs are allowed to run without leashes — are catching on all over the country, said Jack Sutton, deputy director of the park district. Most public parks require dogs to remain on leashes, he said.

        If developed, the dog park along Sutton Road would be the first in the county's network of 17 parks. There is a dog park operated by the city of Cincinnati in Mount Airy.

        Mr. Sutton said it would cost about $80,000 to develop the dog park and, if the district gets the land, it could be built next year.

        “We think it would be something the public would very much use,” Mr. Sutton said. “So many people live in apartments or on small lots. And it's kind of a social gather place for pet owners.”

        The dog park would feature two fenced-in meadows of about 5 acres each.

        The land surrounds the Manney House, a home for mentally handicapped adults. About 1.2 acres of the tract immediately around the Manney House would be excluded from the transfer.

        Land for the proposed dog park is directly across from another county park called Triple Creek.


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