Youngstown, Ohio is dubbed the “Fastest Shrinking City” because they have lost the most people since 2010. As a matter of fact, they have lost two percent (!) of their population in two years and have lost an amazing 60 percent since 1959! This is all due to the deindustrialization of the city after the steel mill strikes. However, what they lost in population, they gained in charm. Dog lovers still enjoy the city, and there are approximately 15,000 living in Youngstown.
Looking to let your furbaby run off-leash with other dogs? Paws Town at Boardman Park has about three acres of fenced-in fun with separate areas for big and little pooches. There are assorted toys and an agility course and benches and water fountains for the pups and their humans. Other nice features are shade trees, fire hydrants, and a wooded area for little hiking if you want.
Mill Creek Park has close to 3,000 acres of lakes, trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and more. There are nature trails, boating, fishing, swimming, educational centers, cabins, covered bridges, and a suspension bridge. The trails add up to 15 miles of easy to moderate hikes that go along Mill Creek and the Newport Wetlands to an observation deck over some natural deep-water ponds. You can stay busy for days at this park.
If you want to enjoy some outdoor time with your furry friend, head over to Mill Creek Park. This park can be accessed in Schenley. It spans more than 2,600 acres and requires more than one visit to see all it has to offer. Visitors can enjoy numerous activities such as biking, fishing, boating, golf and tennis. Leash up your pup and head out for a hike. There are over 15 miles of trail throughout the park and hikes range from half a mile to 2.75 miles. So you’ll be able to find one that fits your pup’s activity level. Whether you trek through the forest or hang out by the lake, your furry friend is sure to have a woofin’ good time!
If your pup is in dire need of a bath, take a trip to Dar’s Dirty Dogs. Located in Kirkmere, this DIY dog wash gives you the chance to wash your dog without getting your own home all sudsy. Washtubs of all sizes are available, so even the extra large pooches can get clean. You’ll have access to a variety of shampoos, brushes, towels, and blow dryers. And don’t forget the waterproof aprons! If your canine pal does better with a professional bather, grooming appointments are also available. Either way, when your four legged friend leaves, he will look pawsitively handsome!
This neighborhood in Mahoning County bordering Youngstown to the south is home to Boardman Park. With over 227 acres of amazing green space, this large park is home to trails, open spaces, sports fields, and its very own dark park! The Pawstown Dog Park is a fenced in area, with separations for large and small dogs, water fountains for you and your pup, and benches for you to take a rest while your friend plays with other neighborhood dogs. There is a yearly membership fee required to enter the dog park, but your dog will certainly think it’s worth it!
Leash up your pup and head over to North Heights for a stroll through Crandall Park. Your four legged companion will enjoy walking through the trees and meeting new friends. This park has pavilions and picnic tables, so bring a little something to snack on. The walking paths are a pupperific place for your furry friend to get her daily dose of doggy exercise. After a couple loops around the park, venture out into the surrounding area. Wander around the tree lined residential streets. Let your pup stop and socialize with the neighbors. She’ll love discovering new places while breathing in some fresh air.
As one of Youngstown’s largest parks, Lincoln Park has plenty of green space for your pup to explore. Located in Hazelton, this park is loaded with beautiful shade trees and plenty of shrubbery. Let your pooch’s nose be the guide as you wander through the wooded area. Chances are he’ll see a squirrel or two! Find your way to the infamous Council Rock. According to legend, this rock was split by lightning during a Native American celebration in 1775. Today, the rock draws countless amounts of curious visitors. Take a photo of your furry friend next to this local landmark and let him be a part of history!