Deer Creek adds “bark” park, beach

Mt. Sterling, Ohio – Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County
recently became the sixth state park to add an exercise area and
associated swim beach exclusively for canines.

Dog owners may allow their pets to run free (off leash) in the
enclosed dog park and beach. Otherwise, dogs are required to be on
a leash when visiting a state park, said Jean Backs, a park system
spokesperson.

“Bark” parks have become an increasingly popular feature of the
state park system after volunteers at Alum Creek State Park
installed the first one about five years ago.

“Dogs and their owners can socialize while the dogs are enjoying
the beach,” Backs said.

Managers at the new Wingfoot Lake State Park near Akron are
planning to add a dog park in the near future, Backs noted.

Designated dog parks and beaches are already in use at Alum Creek,
Grand Lake St. Marys, Mosquito Lake, Portage Lakes and Salt Fork
state parks.

Hueston Woods, A.W. Marion, Harrison Lake and Lake Alma state parks
offer unfenced swimming areas for dogs, but no land-based exercise
facility.

Categories: Ohio – Jane Beathard

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