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Austintown Bark Park leads way for growth at township's park off Kirk Road

Published: Sun, April 27, 2014 @ 5:27 p.m.

Park patrons should notice several positive changes, additions by mid-summer


The township park has seen more traffic recently as new offerings, such as a dog park, combined with renovations have more people interested in using the 212 public acres.

Sam Martauz, a Youngstown State University education major, said she has been bringing her 3-year old chocolate lab to the half-acre dog park within the township park since last year. “Its the best thing ever. I get home and he hits the tile. That’s the only reason I come out here,” she said.

Martauz added that she usually lets her dog, Luke, run for 45 minutes to an hour. She also said that she began walking her dog along some of the trails of the park, which she discovered after coming to the fenced in dog park.

Todd Shaffer, township parks supervisor, said the dog park was built last fall, with $36,000 coming from the estate of Marjorie Hartman to go specifically toward a dog park. He said she was an Austintown resident and when the estate lawyer approached the township, it moved forward with the dog park.

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1ztom(19 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The park is great on a sunny day. Very open and cheery. You can see for miles from the trails through the grasslands then walk down ravines and around a nice stream in the woods. The steps near the ravine have held up so well throughout the years. Whoever built them did a great job! They were talking about connecting the bike trail to the park a few years ago. That would be a great idea. I'd also like to see a connection to the Countryside development now that the park has the land at the end of Ridgeview. It is such a valuable amenity to have walking trails near a development and you could not build nicer trails then the ones already in the park.

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