MetroBarks Park: That's the Osborn dog park

HURON Dogged determination paid off for Ellen Hanck, a Sandusky resident who won the honor of naming
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

HURON

Dogged determination paid off for Ellen Hanck, a Sandusky resident who won the honor of naming the new dog park.

The name of the pooch paradise -- slated to open early next month at Osborn Park -- will be "Erie MetroBark Park."

"I guess the bark park just kind of rolled off the tongue," said Hanck, an Erie County government employee.

The name went through a vetting process before she turned it in, as Hanck worried at first the name implied the new park would create a noise problem.

"At first I thought it was kind of negative," she said.

Hanck boosted her chances of winning by submitting more than one name.

She also turned in Freedom Field to emphasize that the park will provide a place for dogs to run free. Her husband, Chuck, came up with Woofer's Run.

Hanck and her husband own two dogs, a yellow Lab and an American Eskimo.

She's excited about what the bark park will offer animal lovers who have long dreamt of having access to a large fenced-in area for their pets.

"We live on a small piece of property in town, and they've never had an opportunity to run free," she said.

Hanck said she's already bought supplies for the dog park, "in case we have an accident while we're there."

Hanck's winning entry won her a $25 gift certificate to Gallagher's Central Feed (where Hanck already buys her dog food) and a one-year free registration for her dogs to use the park.

The fees for Erie County residents will be $15 for the first dog and $5 for an additional dog, said Steve Dice, executive director for Erie MetroParks.

Hanck was prepared to pay for her second dog's registration. She said she'll donate the money instead.

The bark park will have a "soft opening" Sept. 7, when greyhounds will be present as part of the launch of the annual "Go Take a Hike" walking program. It will fully open on Sept. 8.

The more than 3-acre park includes a section for small dogs and a section for larger dogs.