In the next five weeks, a Wapakoneta city official intends to have determined a location for a new dog park.
But construction of the park could take longer, unless a local Boy Scout, volunteers and donors come forward to hasten its development since the city’s Parks and Recreation Fund is strapped.
Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier presented his findings after touring nearby dog parks as well as possible city land to locate a dog park to a group of 15 people attending Wednesday’s Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.
Owning a pet since this 15-year-old Boy Scout can remember, he pondered expanding an existing dog kennel run before deciding on helping to build a new dog park.
When Wapakoneta City Council members received inquiries about converting some city-owned land into a dog park, Wapakoneta resident Travis Rohrbach said he immediately thought he could help.
One 29-year member of Wapakoneta City Schools administrative staff parted ways with the district and two others announced plans to retire this week.
Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne was recognized for 29 years of service by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during a regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
“You have been compassionate about kids and passionate about school improvement,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said.