Godown Park is set to get some traffic of the canine persuasion.

Godown Park is set to get some traffic of the canine persuasion.

Worthington City Council on Dec. 20 voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to execute a lease agreement between the cities of Worthington and Columbus.

Darren Hurley, director of Worthington parks and recreation, said he wants to get the project out to bid and under construction by the end of spring.

"All the dates are rough," Hurley told ThisWeek.

Though Worthington owns the park, the land is within the city of Columbus. The partnership would enable Columbus to give Worthington the funds necessary to build the park, Hurley said.

Worthington purchased the park with the initial idea of using it for soccer fields, but it was never developed. It is being used as a nursery for trees.

According to the lease draft submitted by Hurley, the city of Columbus would provide up to $250,000 to build the park. Worthington and Columbus would split future capital replacements 50-50. While Worthington would be responsible for everyday operations for the initial eight years, Columbus would assume 50 percent of maintenance by year nine. The lease estimates that yearly maintenance costs would be about $19,000. It was estimated that six to seven of the total 10 acres would be used for the park.

While Columbus would provide the design staff for the park, the volunteer group, called WOOF (Worthington Organized Off-leash Friends), which initially called for the dog park, and residents of both cities would have a say in the project, Hurley said.

WOOF leader Jennifer Lyon thanked council member Mike Duffey and the others for their support.

The council also thanked Lyon.

Council president pro-tem Bonnie Michael said the city was fortunate to have WOOF volunteers.

"I think it's a wonderful partnership project," Michael said.

Hurley told ThisWeek he is excited about the project.

"It's what partnership should be about," he said.

John Ivanic, communications director for Columbus City Council's legislative research office, told ThisWeek Columbus' council has had the agreement as an agenda item in recent weeks but pulled it because of some questions. He said council wouldn't meet again until Jan. 24 and that the agenda could include the legislation, though, he said, the agenda probably wouldn't be determined until mid-January.