The countdown has begun. Worthington's first dog park will open July 14.

The countdown has begun. Worthington's first dog park will open July 14.

Worthington City Council on June 18 received a progress report on the dog park at Godown Park.

Construction is nearly completed, and volunteers are working on the final touches in preparation for a grand opening weekend, said Jennifer Lyon, president of WOOF (Worthington Organized Off-leash Friends).

"It is a truly gorgeous property that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come," she said.

The park, on Godown Road just west of the railroad tracks and a block west of Linworth Road, is a joint project of WOOF and the cities of Worthington and Columbus.

The park is owned by Worthington but is in Columbus. Columbus funded construction, and Worthington will be responsible for operations and upkeep.

But it was WOOF -- a group of community volunteers -- that launched and kept moving the dog-park idea and that continues to play a daily role in the bringing the dog park to fruition.

Most recently, it has held two work days and plans two more: June 23 and 24. Volunteers come with gardening equipment and work on the park.

It also has sold benches and trees and has donated fountains for people and their dogs. A WOOF Facebook and Twitter account keep people up to date on progress.

It also has sponsored Dog Park 101 classes at the Worthington Community Center. The classes covered dog body language, safe play and the rules and etiquette of dog parks.

Also going up in the next two weeks is an information kiosk, funded and to be installed by the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club.

Also at the meeting, council honored the Thomas Worthington High School runners who won two relay races at the Division I State Track & Field Meet.

Receiving congratulations and copies of resolutions from Vice Mayor James Lorimer were Kevin Girgis, Andrew Maetzold, Armand Austin, Nana Kyeremeh and Jalen Wells.

Girgis, Maetzold, Austin and Kyeremeh won the state title in the 800 relay for the second year in a row.

Maetzold, Austin, Kyeremeh and Wells won the 1,600 relay.