Dayton has a dog park in the Deeds Point park area, north of the Mad River. But that isn’t officially recognized as a dog park, Schommer said. The city doesn’t actively maintain that space as a park, and a developer has an option for that land.
The Walnut Hills group is a partner on the project, along with the Linden Heights neighborhood and Wagtown, a local group devoted to making the community more dog friendly.
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Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County awarded thousands of dollars to the project to pay for fencing and signs.
The plan is for a “Wagtown trail” that connects Highland Park to Cleveland Park, which is about half a mile away to the southeast.
Volunteers expect to paint paw prints to mark the trail and install signage, and dog owners will be able to walk a roughly 1-mile loop between the parks.
Another part of Highland Park will allow dogs to be off leash if their owners can keep the animals under control using voice and sight commands, Schommer said.
On Saturday, dog-loving crews donated 141 hours of service and removed about 1,200 pounds of trash and bulk items, said Beth Miller, president and CEO of Wagtown.
Volunteers picked up debris and glass, assessed the existing infrastructure, cleaned up the park and mulched the playground areas, Miller said.
Highland Park will undergo other improvements, which will occur in phases. The children’s play area will be upgraded.