Bad news is everywhere these days. Every time we turn around, we see or hear about war, pollution, poverty, and on and on. Sometimes it seems that we can't escape it. These days, it seems bad news is just the default position of the world. Or at least our world, right now. So when you get good news, and you read about something going RIGHT for a change, you should take a moment to truly savor and enjoy it. Especially if you happen to live around or near Columbus, Ohio.
In 2000, the city of Columbus purchased land to use as a nursery for trees native to the state of Ohio. In 2012, the city carved out 10 acres to use for a dog park. So, now there is a 10-acre dog park in Columbus, Ohio with a heck of a lot of trees. And you know how much dogs love trees.
Godown Road Dog Park is divided into a large, five-acre off-leash dog park, and a separate, one-acre enclosure for small dogs. The small dog enclosure is largely flat, open space with some trees, but the main dog park has lots of trees, including fallen trees perfect for standing on, and small boulders. The land has rolling hills and lots and lots of squirrels.
Both dog enclosures have poop bags and trash cans. There are benches as well, and water fountains for people and for dogs. However, because of the type of trees that are grown on the property; sycamore, oak, hickory, and buckeye, the grass in the park is a bit sparse. This means that mud and dirt are a problem. Fortunately, there is a wash station outside the fenced area so you are able to clean your dog before she gets back in your car.
The Godown Road Dog Park is huge, hilly and forested. A trip to this park feels like a hike in the wilderness. It can be easy to lose yourself in the open space, just you and your dog, communicating with the natural world. No bad news, no trouble or strife, at least for a little while. Does it get any better than that?