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A walk in the park

Lighted walkway, dog park, riverside park highlight changes in Tiffin

February 15, 2014
By Vicki Johnson - Staff Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

Moving the planned dog park to Highland Park, adding Leadership Park and lighting the walkway at Oakley Park were the highlights of the year for Tiffin Park and Recreation Department.

"The biggest thing probably is the lighting of the walkway," said Parks Director Steve Dryfuse. "And the renovation work on the shelter at the north end of Oakley Park."

Both parts of the Oakley project were funded by a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant.

In addition to switching to LED lights, he said the project includes more electric outlets in the shelter and better lighting at the enclosed basketball court.

"It makes it much more safe and enjoyable for the people who walk the path at night," he said. "The power savings on the lights will be a significant amount. There will be fewer light bulbs needed and the power consumption will be reduced to a fraction of what it was."

Another project is the creation of Leadership Park, which has been spearheaded by Leadership Seneca County's 2014 class.

"They have a real nice design," Dryfuse said. "A professional architect did some work up front already."

Dryfuse said Tiffin City Council has agreed to match up to $20,000 the leadership group raises in funds.

The park is to be on the east side of the Sandusky River, along the water front in an existing grassy area.

Creators intend the park to be used for community events and to welcome visitors coming into the downtown area with beauty and art leading into an inviting historic area. People from throughout the country would pass the park in route to places like Heidelberg University, the American Civil War Museum of Ohio and other Tiffin attractions.

Leadership Park is to be the 14th park in Tiffin and is to be maintained by Tiffin Park and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit

LeadershipParkTiffin or email

Tiffin Bark Park is another major plan in the works for the community, and is expected to open May 30.

After costs for the park's water feature caused the focus to shift from Hedges-Boyer Park to its new location at Highland Park, new plans were put in place, Dryfuse said.

He said the volunteer group creating the park and city officials are working out details such as paperwork involving memberships, payments and longterm maintenance of the facility.

"Even though it's a volunteer effort, it's on city property so we're ultimately responsible," Dryfuse said.

The new location has a restroom, lights and the sewer lines needed to create a water feature.

The first phase is to include water fountains, benches, 6-foot-tall fencing and a security system.

Phase two would include expansion to the west, installation of the water feature and the purchase of recreational grade equipment. A ball-throwing field is to be added, which would give local police departments the opportunity to use the area for K-9 unit training.

Annual membership is to cost $30 for the first dog and $10 for each additional dog. Visitors are to be able to purchase day passes online. Members must have forms signed by their veterinarians confirming dogs are up to date on shots.



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