Godown Park might be going to the dogs.

Godown Park might be going to the dogs.

Worthington City Council on June 21 approved "for further focus" the Worthington-owned park that is on Godown Road, just west of the railroad tracks.

Because the park is within the city of Columbus, the two communities are collaborating on the development of the dog park.

Council members said they support the partnership in the development of what could become a regional dog park.

The city purchased the park many years ago, believing it would be needed for soccer fields. It has never been developed and is used as a nursery where trees are grown to be transplanted in other parks.

Council member Dave Norstrom urged the parks and recreation commission and WOOF, the organization of volunteers formed to create a park for the city's pooches, to not give up on the other possible dog-park site on Thomas Worthington High School property.

He said he could see both dog parks being used.

The "flats" that area west of the school along the Olentangy River would make a good community dog park and would be "more walker friendly," he said.

School officials and Worthington Youth Boosters had expressed concerns about user conflict, inadequate infrastructure and liability, parks and recreation commission chairman Phil Miller said.

Sponsorships and grants also are being sought, Miller said.

WOOF leader Jennifer Lyon said there are many opportunities for businesses to support the dog park in exchange for naming rights for benches, water fountains and the park itself.

Council member Bob Chosy said he was troubled by the idea of selling the naming rights to the park.

Council member Scott Myers asked for a report before any decisions were made on naming rights.

Also on Monday, council:

Set July12 as the hearing date on an amendment to the zoning code adding neighborhood commercial as a conditional use in the AR-4.5 zoning district. Though it was not up for hearing Monday, two residents came to speak against the controversial change that could permit an antiques shop to open in the house at 38-40 E. New England Ave.

Introduced an ordinance adding four streets to the 2010 street-improvement program to take advantage of competitive pricing. For a cost of $121,086, the program could expand to include Colburn Court; Franklin Avenue from Morning Street to Pingree Drive; Winter Drive from Evening Street to Garden; and Lakeside Circle East.

Congratulated Kevin Metka for winning the singles state championship in tennis.

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