Whitehall canine lovers and their companions soon will have a park to call their own -- and a say in how it is conceived.
The city plans to build a dog park, Whitehall’s first, on 2.3 acres at the northwest corner of Beechwood Road and Washburn Street, near Lamby Lane Park.
"We will follow best practices" in the development of the park and solicit public input to do so, said Whitehall Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Sorrell.
The yet-to-be-named park will be the first new park in the city in more than four decades, said Whitehall Development Director Zach Woodruff.
The city last obtained land for the purpose of a public park in 1972 when Lamby Lane Park opened, Woodruff said.
The city has four other parks: Whitehall Community Park, John Bishop Park, Robinwood Park and Norton Field Park.
The city obtained the 2.3 acres for the future dog park at no cost after the two lots that comprise the 2.3 acres failed to sell at a sheriff’s action.
The Franklin County land bank took ownership of the land and it eventually was made available to Whitehall, Woodruff said.
The lots has been vacant since a residence on it was demolished about 10 years ago, he said.
Planning and construction of the dog park is expected to take at least a year, Sorrell said.
An opening is planned for sometime in 2020, she said.
Look for more coverage of the dog-park plans in next week's edition of ThisWeek Whitehall News.