Boardman dog park fees discussed

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Meredith Cavour’s dog Guss isn’t the only one who likes the Paws Town dog park at Boardma Park.

“It’s fun for me and him. I get to socialize with people, and he has a great time too,” Cavour, of Poland, said.

Because Ohio has a leash law, the dog park will allow owners to unleash their dogs so they can have a good time. But owners will be required to supervise their pets.

The idea for the Boardman dog park started in 2009, with $100,000 in donations funding the project. Of that, $60,000 came from the Marjorie Hartman Trust Foundation.

The 3-acre setup has a park for small and large dogs. Five-feet high fencing, water fountains, a double gated entry and electronic swipe cards to get in are in the works.  The park is already getting high marks from patrons.

The park isn’t officially open yet, so right now it’s free. But that’s going to change. The Board of Park Commissioners met with Boardman Township Administrator and Paws Town Dog Park President Jason Loree Monday to discuss a fee.

“If we didn’t have that fee we’d basically be putting the total burden on the park, and this was raised without park money at all. This is all through donations,” Loree said.

The fee, which has yet to be determined, will help with maintenance and operation. The Board wants to look at what other dog parks charge and consider other factors, like the economy.

Boardman Park Board Chairman John Jamieson said the fee will be reasonable. Loree has suggested $50 annually for residents and a little more for non-residents.

“I wish it was more  county based, you know, if you’re a Mahoning County resident, I think that would be a little more fair, but I understand that it is in Boardman Park, so yeah, it’s OK,” Cavour said.

Other dog owners said they’re also OK with paying a fee because they’ve been waiting for the park to open for years. The official grand opening is set for Oct. 5.

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