Hilliard Northwest News

City plans to open dog park by end of the month


Hilliard is on schedule to open Heritage Trail Dog Park April 27 on a 4-acre parcel on the north side of Hayden Run Road, just west of Cosgray Road.

Hilliard City Council members laid the groundwork for the park's opening during two committee meetings April 8 by forwarding the necessary legislation to the April 22 City Council meeting.

Hilliard will operate the dog park but it is on land owned by Metro Parks.

Legislation emerging from the two committees executed a memorandum of understanding between Hilliard and Metro Parks concerning the dog park and authorized the Hilliard Division of Police to provide service to the park.

"(This dog park) is a collaboration of Metro Parks and the city of Hilliard ... and a positive, new amenity for northwest Franklin County," Mayor Don Schonhardt said.

Located at 7262 Hayden Run Road adjacent to a Heritage Trail trailhead, the park will feature a splash pad for dogs.

The agreement with Metro Parks does not obligate any city funds, Recreation and Parks Director Steve Mazer said, nor are there any anticipated capital expenses.

The city has received corporate and private donations of about $20,000 to fund incidental costs such as providing bags for dog waste and collecting refuse.

Metro Parks will provide park rangers during limited hours, but Hilliard police will be responsible for responding to trespassing issues when the park is closed and at other times when rangers are not on duty or on call.

Police Chief Doug Francis said he expects most calls would be for thefts or possible disputes in the parking lot.