Proposed dog park gains Toledo Committee approval

A proposed dog park in Toledo is closer to reality.

A proposed dog park is in its final stages of approval after the Toledo City Council supported its land requests Wednesday.

Toledo City Councilâ??s Zoning & Planning committee recommended the requests made by the group Toledo Unleashed.

The organization asked that the land formerly occupied by the south Toledo YMCA be re-zoned from residential space to parks and open space.

The area would be four acres and consist of two sections, one for small dogs and another for larger ones.

Some neighbors at a July 25 meeting were concerned about the cleanliness and management of the area.

President of Toledo Unleashed, Tina Yoppolo, said despite a large amount of land, pet waste management company "The PU Crew" will handle cleaning up the park.

"Our members are required to cleanup after their dog, but this is a large area and you might miss a spot. So, if you do miss a spot, our other people will be there to take care of it," Yoppolo said.

The group also asked for a special-use permit to construct the park on the land. The requests will go before Toledo City Council Tuesday. If it is approved, then it would need the mayorâ??s signature to become a reality.

City Spokesman Jen Sorgenfrei has said that Toledo Mayor Mike Bell wants to see the park built and is expected to sign the lease.