City’s dog park to be fenced in

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — Not every dog owner is fortunate enough to have a fenced-in space for their pets to run freely, but an upgrade at a local dog park may give them that opportunity.

The city’s dog park at Hollow Park will be getting fenced in this summer.

“We’re going to put in two fenced-in areas: one for small dogs, one for large dogs,” Doug Harter, director of the Piqua Public Works Department, said.

At the last Piqua City Commission meeting, City Manager Gary Huff said, “We are working to remove trees and bushes and so forth there so that we can install a fairly large-sized fenced area there for the dogs. That work is in progress.”

Dog owners won’t have to wait long. The city is hoping to get the work done by the end of June or beginning of July.

“We’re real glad that they’re doing that,” Jonanne Riley, owner of R Pets, said. “This is a huge dog community.”

Prior to the city agreeing to fence in the dog park, R Pets and Piqua High School student (now graduate) Ashley Ho were raising funds for a fence.

“She’s the one that brought it in and got it started,” Riley said.

They’ve managed to raise nearly $500, which they hope to use to contribute to the park in some way, either purchasing some park benches or clean-up stations.

“What we do have can cover a lot of those things,” Riley said. “We’re glad to be a part of it.”

The dog off-leash play area at Hollow Park is currently open on weekends, according to the city’s website. For park rules and other information, visit the city’s website at

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336