Thanks to a generous donation from the Fitzsimmons Family Foundation, the Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park will soon be re-surfaced.
In March, the Wheeling dog park was closed by officials after pieces of glass were discovered in the soil.
The $32,000 donation will be used in addition to another $30,000 that remains from the dog park’s initial construction.
“It’s a really gracious act. We can’t say enough. It’s gonna save the taxpayers some money and really bring this park back,” said Mayor Glenn Elliott.
The funding and the project will be administered through the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.
Duplaga’s Top Notch Landscaping & Supply of Wheeling will re-sod the park, and the project will begin within the next two weeks.
“The advantage to putting sod down is that it’ll enable us to open the park sooner and so that’s something that we want to do. I think it’ll be a cleaner job,” said Robert Herron, Wheeling City Manager.
The city has applied herbicide to the park to kill off the old grass so the new project can start. That was part of the plan, Top Notch Landscaping.The city manager assures pet owners it will not be harmful.
“The herbicide that was applied was just Roundup. But once it’s covered with topsoil and sod there won’t be any issues, and we’ve been assured that,” said Herron.
Even after it reopens, they will protect that grass by alternately closing off sections of the park, something recommended by other cities.
“This park has been an outstanding and very popular addition to the city’s park system. It not only provides two expansive areas for dogs to enjoy, but also is an excellent area for socialization amongst dog owners,” said Herron.
As long as the weather cooperates, the dog park is expected to reopen in mid-June.