TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Initial work has begun on Toledo's first off-leash dog park.
The new Glass City Dog Park will open in late September.
The park is located at the former site of the South Toledo YMCA, just south of the Toledo Zoo and part of Woodsdale Park.
Dogs will be able to legally run and play off-leash at the park.
"This is a quality of life issue for the city of Toledo. It's going to be amazing. You're going to see one thousand members at this park and mostly people of all ages coming here and enjoying their pets and surroundings," said Steve Serchuck of Toledo Unleashed, one of the organizers of the park.
One of those who plans to join is Carl Barnes.
He walks his dog Loki on a regular basis in the area.
"Oh definitely. She likes hanging out with other dogs. We'll make some new friends," said Mr. Barnes.
The initial cost of the park is $141,000, $86,000 of which as already been raised from donations.
The land is being leased from the city of Toledo for $5.00 a year for five years.
Members must have their dogs licensed, spayed or neutered and be up to date on the animal's shots and vaccinations.
There is one other important rule.
"The number one responsibility is you have to pick up after your dog. It's really important. It's the number one criteria for whether a park is successful or not," said Mr. Serchuk.
The park will have a six-foot vinyl fence, 12 benches, shade trees, pet and human drinking fountains, two open shelters and eight pet waste stations.
There will be three separate areas at the 4.4 acre park; one for dogs under 25 pounds and two for larger dogs. The two large dog sites will be rotated every year to allow for re-growth. The large dog area not in use will also be used to train and exercise local K-9 dogs.
Toledo unleashed has signed a long-term lease with the City of Toledo, which owns the land.
A non-profit organization will develop and manage the park.
The Glass City Dog Park is a membership park. Initial charter memberships will cost $10 for two dogs. That membership will be good from late September through February 13 of next year.
Thereafter, an annual membership will cost $40.
Members will be given a swipe card which will allow them to securely enter the dog park.
Membership is open to anyone throughout the community whose dog is six months of age or older, is licensed, spayed or neutered and up to date on rabies and required vaccinations.
Membership applications can be filled out online at ToledoUnleashed.org beginning Saturday, August 16.