Something to Bark About

Here's some good news for Worthington-area dog owners! In case you haven't heard, the Worthington Dog Park officially opened on July 14, 2012. Located at 6099 Godown Road, the award-winning park features a combination of rolling terrain, mature trees, and landscaping with grass, mulch and boulders. Built for the sole purpose of being a dog park, it includes a 4 1/2-acre, fully fenced, large dog area and a one-acre, fully fenced, small dog area--both equipped with coated chain-link fencing and two double-gated entrances.

"There isn't a day or time that you don't see the park being occupied," said Jennifer Lyon, president of WOOF (Worthington Organized Off-Leash Friends). "Even during the winter, the dogs love the snow."

WOOF was established in 2008 to advocate for the establishment of a dog park and to support it through volunteer and fundraising efforts and educational programs for responsible dog ownership. To support these efforts, WOOF also hosts Fido Fest (October 6, 2013), an annual fundraising event

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For dog owners who may be new to the dog park scene, WOOF offers a Dog Park 101 class every quarter at the Worthington Community Center (next class: February 11, 2013). The class covers canine communication and body language, the difference between safe and aggressive play, and the dog park rules, which are also posted on site at the dog park and at

The park, which boasts a number of amenities, from a dog water fountain and dog rinsing-off station to benches and dog waste bags, recently won the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Partnership Award. The award was based on collaboration between the City of Worthington, the City of Columbus, and WOOF, a partnership that made the dog park a reality.

The Worthington Dog Park is open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. For more information about the dog park or to learn about various sponsorship opportunities, visit or go to for event details.