TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Five years of planning and discussion is finally paying off.
On Saturday, ground was broken for the Glass City Dog Park.
It's located on the site of the former South Toledo YMCA along the Anthony Wayne Trail.
Dogs came with their owners, many of them with plans to check out and join the park.
"Even though they run in the house, it's going to be nice for them to come here and play with the other dogs," said dog owner Claire Weingarden.
The park will be run by the group Toledo Unleashed.
The four and a half acre site will have three areas: one for small dogs, the other two for large dogs.
There will also be a membership fee.
Membership has its privileges however. You'll be able to bring your dog to the park to legally run and play off leash in a safe and secure setting.
"It's a quality of life issue. It's making the dogs happy. They run free. They feel great. The dogs socialize. The people socialize," said Steve Serchuk of Toledo Unleashed.
Cost of the park is $141,000, $86,000 of which has already been raised from donations.
The land is being leased from the city of Toledo for five dollars 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 rabies.
"I have a very small yard and they're constantly on a leash. We go to the Metroparks and walk a lot but they're on a leash," said Ms. Weingarden.
Not any longer.
The Glass City Dog Park opens on September 27th.
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