Streetsboro -- By the end of the month, Streetsboro fishers will likely have a new amenity at the city's newest park.
With help from Lowe's in the form of elbow grease and a $1,200 donation, the city plans to build a fishing dock later this month at the pond at Thomas Heritage Park, according to Parks & Recreation Director Greg Mytinger.
Mytinger said the 45-foot by 16-foot dock will cost around $8,000. City Council will consider it at its 7 p.m. meeting on Sept. 9 at City Hall.
Lowe's Store Manager Cameron Childers said he expects about 20 to 30 volunteers to help build the dock in late September, but city workers would do some work before that.
"They are doing the heavy lifting part, to make sure everything is there structurally," said Childers. "They're going to do all the hard stuff, all the 4x4s and footers."
The $1,200 donation will go toward materials, he added.
The effort is part of Lowe's nationwide community partnership program called Lowe's Heroes, said Ann Champlin, the store's human resources manager.
"Each one of our stores tries to do a project partnering with the community," she said. "We're really fortunate to be partnering with the city of Streetsboro."
Childers said the dock was a favorite among employees, who suggested different ideas for Lowe's Heroes projects. He said the store also can partner with schools, parks, community groups and non-profit organization as part of Lowe's Heroes.
Mytinger said he anticipates people will use the dock for picnics, small gatherings and fishing.
The dock would most likely be constructed from composite because it would last longer than regular wood.
Another improvement planned at the Thomas Heritage Park is a dog park, which Mytinger said he hopes to open Nov. 2.
The dog park will include two sections, he said.
"There'll be a central gate and then a small dog area and a large dog area," said Mytinger.
The project was estimated to cost $10,000, but Mytinger said it will likely be done for "$3,000 to $4,000 under budget" because a lot of work was done by city workers.
Mytinger said he's waiting for new grass to grow a little stronger before opening the area.
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