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Boardman group pushes plan for pooch park

Published: Wed, January 13, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.

The group will present a plan for a dog park to Boardman Park officials Jan. 25.



BOARDMAN­­­ — The vision of a dog park in Boardman Park could be a reality if the park board throws a bone later this month to the group pushing for the project.

The group will meet with park officials at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 to present its idea about a potential dog park, said Jason Loree, one of six co-chairpersons for the organization, which is also seeking nonprofit status.

“After we meet with the park and we get some insight on whether they’re OK with working toward this dog-park goal, we’ll be putting together designs for the park and starting to consider fundraising,” he said.

Loree, the township’s administrator, emphasized that a dog park would not be built or maintained using taxpayer dollars and that he is helping work on the project in his spare time.

In September, the group met for the first time to discuss ideas for a park in Boardman. Since then, it has met once a month and has decided to become a nonprofit.

The basic idea, Loree said, is to at least fence in part of Boardman Park and to have separate areas for small and large dogs.

“We’re hoping we can go above the bare minimum and include some of the things that make a nice dog park for the area,” Loree said.

Eventually the group would like to also have benches made from recycled material and an area of sand and water for the dogs to dig and swim, he said.

Fencing alone will cost between $7,000 and $10,000, Loree said, and the group plans to begin fundraising in March or April if it gains the park board’s approval.

If it builds the dog park, the group would pay Boardman Park for upkeep through fundraising and donations, Loree said.

A usage fee also could help generate revenue to sustain the dog park, he said.

Park officials have said that about 1.5 acres near the park’s Southern Boulevard entrance could be used, pending approval from Ohio Edison, which owns wires that run over the property.

Building the park would give area dog owners a place to socialize and train dogs off of their leashes, Loree said.

One of the group’s members, a pet sitter, wrote in an e-mail that “well socialized, trained dogs are better-behaved dogs.”

“Puppies and high-energy breeds are much less likely to be destructive when they’re tired and happy,” said Cassandra Powell, owner and operator of Critter Sitters Plus and co-chairperson of the group.

Loree said that dog parks have become progressively more popular in the area and that one in Boardman would be well-received.

“They’re popping up left and right,” he said. “It’s almost a social event for the people as well as the dogs.”

Loree and his wife, Abbey, started the group, but it has grown to include a full hierarchy of co-chairpersons, secretaries and members.

“Really, I’m just a big dog lover at heart,” said Loree, who owns a yellow Labrador and a boxer.

For Arlia Slaina, a member of the group, pets are “family members” and the area has enough animal lovers to support a dog park.

Other members of the group have gone to dog parks outside of Boardman just to exercise their animals.

“We love the dog park at Mosquito Lake and are very excited about having one nearby,” said Jenn Fellows, the group’s secretary, in an e-mail.



1XFilesX(77 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

That is an awesome idea! The one at Mosquito Lake is nice but I'd rather come to Boardman. My dogs really enjoy it. Each owner cleans up after their dog, polices their dogs behavior, and the dogs have a great time.

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2ads(109 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Something we have needed for a very long time. Let's just hope we can get funding.

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3Siouxi(122 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Great idea! My greyhound doesn't have quite enough room in our yard to get going full speed. I'd love to see him get a good run in a nice open space where he'd be safe.

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4sky(38 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Memphis would love this... Hope it works out..

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5Ginger76(178 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

We hope everyone can make the meetings, all are welcomed....especially at the fundraisers!

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6Ginger76(178 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

use at your own risk

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7Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Not much of a dog person, have my cats, lol, but this is a very good idea. Hope it goes through.

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8Ginger76(178 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

uhhhh, ok....

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9Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I hope and pray that one day my priority will be a dog park, So many thing more important right now

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10Ginger76(178 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

You people need to get a life.

Turn off the news.

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11ads(109 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Why is it anytime our community tries to come together and do something good people try to shoot it down. Don't like a dog park, don't come!! There are many people in this community that would love to have a place to take their dogs. Big cities all over the country have them, no wonder y-town is rated as a dump. Can't bring anything to this area.

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12cj271(1 comment)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

ads - I totally agree. This dog park isn't hurting anyone in the area, if you don't want to help or use the park, then don't. It is an asset to the community.

hope - if you read the article, Loree "emphasized that a dog park would not be built or maintained using taxpayer dollars." The park will be built soley on donations and fundraising money. The tax payers will not be affected by the park. I agree, we are taxed enough.

Native - each person has different priorities. I have two dogs who are my children. It is makes me very happy to take them places to play, run and have fun with other dogs. If the Boardman area had absolutely no playgrounds or parks for children to play, would you be against putting a playground in too? Would that be a bad priority to have?

This group is trying to bring something good to this community. I, and so many others, really hope this works.

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