Furry Field? Woof River? How to help name this new Butler County dog park

The city of Fairfield is looking for input on what its soon-to-be-opened dog park should be named.

City spokesperson Jenny Dexter said the contest will be on the city's website for a few more months and wants city residents to choose between one of four options.

“We just wanted to get the community excited and involved in the dog park,” she said. So far nearly 400 people have participated in the few weeks the naming contest has been online.

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The dog park is set to open this summer at 6611 River Road, which is between Lake Circle Drive and Gray Road and adjacent to Martin Marietta’s quarry lake.

“We’ve been talking about this for over 15 years, and this is the No. 1 thing people wanted to see for probably for the last 20,” said Mayor Steve Miller.

Officials broke ground this past October for a 6.5-acre dog park along the Great Miami River. It will also serve as a trailhead for the proposed extension of the Great Miami River Trail. The park, which is contracted to Barry Brown Paving at $1.14 million, will include an 800-square-foot pond with a dock and zero-entry edge, multiple fields with a separate small dog play area, shaded gathering spaces and parking.

“We wanted it to be a community place for people to enjoy with their pets,” Dexter said. “A source of community pride.”

Names being offered in the poll include:

• Ruff River

• Woof River

• Furry Field

• FurField

“We could go with something different,” Dexter said. “City leadership reserves the right to go with something different, but we had a lot of discussion with these (names) before they were picked.”

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But followers of the Fairfield Facebook page have offered other names, such as Wag'n Trails and Great American Bark Park, but several people on the Facebook page like the name FurField.

Dexter says the city’s newest newsletter should be in residents’ mailboxes and expects more votes in the next couple of months.

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