Nature Trail and Dog Park

22-167-Site Exhibit Nature Trail Dog ParkOlmsted Township Bark Park is a significant component of this total Parks Initiative.  It will allow dogs to socialize and exercise safely without harm to themselves and others. Well-socialized dogs tend to respond better to people, adding another layer of safety, especially for children. It will promote responsible ownership, provide an alternative to walking dogs in often busy neighborhoods and allow for enforcement of the leash law. The socialization of dogs and owners is an overriding benefit. There is a common bond among dog owners.

Olmsted Township Bark Park is located on 30 acres on Schady Road near Sharp Road. It will consist of two fenced areas (about two acres for large dogs/one acre for small dogs under 30 pounds). A small barn is on the property for local groups fund raising opportunities.

We anticipate the placement of exercise equipment within each area as well as benches for seating.  The Township is applying for a Tree Canopy Grant to plant trees in the area to provide needed shade for dogs and their owners/handlers.

Plans include a parking lot, an area outside the fenced area for small children and others to socialize, a portable rest station, and trash and pet waste containers along with a scenic alll-weather trail.  There is a water supply on the property.

We anticipate planning for the additional acreage to maximize its use for recreational purposes.

Sponsorships and donations for equipment are under consideration.

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2023