Hilliard Northwest News

Hilliard dog park opens Saturday


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

Hilliard City Council on April 22 adopted legislation approving a maintenance agreement with Metro Parks.

Hilliard will maintain and operate the park, which is within a larger parcel Metro Parks owns and operates, and provide police services to the park.

"The opening of the park represents a great opportunity to collaborate with Metro Parks to the benefit of residents in northwestern Franklin County," said Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt.

Officials from Hilliard and Metro Parks will host a "leash-cutting ceremony" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the park, 7262 Hayden Run Road.

The park will open full time April 27. Daily hours of operation will be from dawn to dusk.

The park is adjacent to a section of the Heritage Trail.

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 would 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.