Plans for Violet Township's first dog park continue to move forward but area canines may not be able to romp freely for sometime yet.

Plans for Violet Township's first dog park continue to move forward but area canines may not be able to romp freely for sometime yet.

The township has developed a conceptual plan for the park, to be built on slightly more than four acres at the corner of Pickerington and Stemen roads. It will be located near the new township service center now under construction there.

However, the township has not yet submitted an application for approval to the city of Pickerington.

"We won't do anything more until there is money available," township director of operations Bill Yaple said.

Much of that money, Yaple said, is expected to come from the group of township residents who approached trustees in April about developing the park.

Yaple estimates the total cost of developing the site will be about $110,000. He said the township has committed to footing half the bill, provided residents can come up with the rest.

"The request was there and now we have to see if the other side is as interested and whether it's a minority or majority of people who want it," he said. "Dollars are going to tell us that. If they can back what they want with their dollars, I think they are deserving of the project."

Plans for the park by landscape architect Blake Rayfield include a fenced area where dog owners can exercise their pets without a leash. There will be seating and running water at the site. There will be a parking lot and the facility will be handicapped-accessible. Yaple said there is no timeline for developing the park. It really depends, he said, on how long it takes to raise the needed funds.

"If that takes a year, it might be," he said. "We would like to see a significant part of their portion, but it doesn't have to all be there. It can be in pledges."

Volunteers started raising money for the project at the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association's annual Petfest.

So far, spokeswoman Barb Withem said, the group has raised about $400 in pledges.

In addition to individual donations, Withem said the group is looking for support from local businesses.

Withem said the group also is looking for volunteers with skills they can lend to park development, including woodworking or other construction experience.

The group originally approach-ed trustees about putting the park on a portion of the 34 acres the township owns on Busey Road between Hill and Diley roads.

The site selected, however, is closer to more residents and easier to connect to water lines, Yaple said.