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Consider Dog Park For Steubenville

Steubenville Parks and Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf was right to caution City Council members a few days ago that establishing a dog park is not as simple as it may sound. Just ask Wheeling officials about that.

Despite having large amounts of donated money available, Wheeling had to cope with unforeseen circumstances before the Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park was reopened last year. Fill dirt at the site appears to have been the chief obstacle.

Fetherolf presented a report on dog parks to Steubenville officials a few days ago. She noted at least an acre of land would be needed. Separate areas for small dogs and larger ones, fencing and a water supply are necessary.

“I’m not opposed to a dog park,” Fetherolf noted, adding, “But if you’re going to do it, do it right.”

Good advice. Merely erecting a fence around a site is just the beginning. The task can be difficult and expensive.

But Wheeling’s dog park has been well received. It fills what a significant number of people see as a need.

For that reason, Steubenville officials should continue looking into the possibility of a municipal dog park.

City finances may make proceeding unwise. On the other hand, it is possible that, like Wheeling, Steubenville could obtain private donations that would make the project easier on the city budget. It is worth a try.

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