Grove City Record

Dog park to be 1st phase of city's new Breck Park

City continues to struggle with shortage of rock salt

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The city's dog park under construction at Demorest Road finally has a name.

At the Grove City Council meeting Feb. 18, Parks and Recreation Director Kim Conrad said the parks and recreation board unanimously chose the name Breck Park for the planned fenced-in, off-leash dog park.

The park is located off Demorest Road between Grove City Road and Southwest Boulevard, across the street from horse barns owned by Beulah Park.

The name comes from Grove City's founder, William F. Breck, who bought 15.25 acres of the farm owned by Hugh Grant Jr., son of the first settler in Jackson Township, according to information from the city's website.

The dog park was originally projected to be completed in November, but Conrad said bad weather and early snowfall forced delays.

"It's about 90 percent done," she said. "It will be completed this spring."

Conrad said a grand opening is targeted for June 8.

The dog park is phase one of the development of Breck Park. Construction costs, according to a January memorandum from Conrad to City Council in July, were projected at $577,000.

Future site improvements for phase two have not been finalized, but the memo identifies $1.7 million worth of potential improvements, including expanded parking for $273,795, restroom facilities for $528,540, landscaping for $114,575, a playground area for $457,175 and a community garden for $180,300.

In other news from Grove City Council:

* Rock salt shortages continue to be an issue for the city. Grove City Public Safety Director Les Spring said the Ohio Department of Transportation was unable to find a new supplier as municipalities burn through the amounts they contracted for at the start of the winter, but Grove City will continue to look on its own for a new supplier.

"We've checked around. There's little bits here and there," Spring said. "We have enough salt in our bins for about three or four more events."

Spring said, the city recently bought 500 tons from a private company for about $150 per ton. Normal price is closer to $50 per ton.

"It's very expensive right now if you can find it," Spring said. "We cut back on our salting."

Methods the city have employed to make its supply last include using a sand mix and not salting subdivision residential streets.

* Council unanimously approved three development plans recommended by the Grove City Planning Commission: a 12-unit memory care unit for residents with Alzheimer's and symptoms of other age-related dementia at Carriage Court of Grove City, 220 Sonora Drive; conversion of second-floor office space at 3909-3911 Broadway into residential apartments; and a new access driveway for the Grove City Christian Child Care Center, 2996 Columbus St.

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