By Martha Jacob –
The Village of Georgetown, opened a new Senior Playground at Kathryn Hanlon Park, a few weeks ago thanks to the efforts by Georgetown Councilwoman Nancy Montgomery and Georgetown Mayor Dale Cahall, who worked together on applying for a Nature Works grant for the project.
Now, according to Montgomery, they have applied for and received an Ohio Department of Natural Resource grant to build a new ‘Dog Park’ within the village park.
“We were excited to get this grant which we got a large portion of and the Village of Aberdeen also received part of,” Montgomery said. “Myself and Andy Clift, newly elected council member did some research to find out how much it would cost to put in a dog park, which gave me an idea of how much we would need. On our grant application I asked for $13,525 and we actually received $10,818.”
Clift explained that the dog park will take up an acre of land and be located in the back part of the park by the parking lot, according to Montgomery. He stated that the dog park won’t be elaborate, but be completely fenced in for the safety of dogs and their owners.
“There will be a double gated entrance so that dog owners can bring their dogs in the first gate, take their leash off then open the second gate to where they dog can run free,” Clift said. “This is a standard design for dog parks, so we’re very happy to be getting a nice one.
“When I was working on the senior playground,” Montgomery said, “ I had so many people approach me and say how nice it would be to have a dog park and a splash-pad for kids.
“The dog park will cost $18,033. This is a matching grant so the more you ask for the more you have to come up with. So that leaves the village share about $7,200 to come up with, which I believe we will be able to raise in no time.”
Montgomery said that Clift will manage the project which will be equipped with water, benches and be surrounded in fencing and quickly be ready to go. Colonial Fence will be building it.