Eaton considering dog park

EATON — Eaton City Council is considering constructing a dog park in Waterworks Park, with the intention of combating some of the drug activity which happens there.

During new business at a meeting held Monday, Aug. 21, Mayor Dave Kirsch recommended staff look into the possibility, after council gave its consent.

“I’ve had a couple people, and I’m sure you guys have had a couple people — suggest putting a dog park in. Waterworks Park came to mind,” he said. “I think if we can commit to that then it will help slow down some ugly activity that may go down there. It may not, but a nice dog park with people down there taking care of their dogs, I think that might stifle some unwanted activity.”

Police Chief Chad DePew added, “I’ve heard a lot of people mention a dog park. I talked to a county resident last week who said she drives to the dog park in Vandalia. I think it could be a good idea. Waterworks Park isn’t being used a lot. We’re just not getting the activity down there that we would like.”

Kirsch further noted, Vandalia, Lewisburg, Oxford, and Richmond all have dog parks.

“I know that there are some stipulations we would need to look at, but if council is interested I think we can turn it over to staff to look at. They can try to figure out what we need to do,” Kirsch said. “We have a lot of parks and I think a lot of people would be interested in a place they could take their dogs to run.”

Council member Dave Daily added, “I think it’s a good idea.” The remaining council members agreed.

Staff further noted, they would need to look for sponsorship, as the cost of fencing could be high.

By Kelsey Kimbler

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