Mercy Health – Oakwood Village Senior Living in Springfield, OH, recently built a dog park for residents and their pets to enjoy.

The new park accommodates various mobility aids and is accessible from two locations within the independent living, assisted living and nursing care community’s main residential building.

“Our residents with pets walk more steps each day since they take daily walks outside with their dogs,” Director of Resident Services Sandy Chinn said. Pets also help their owners have a daily routine, and they promote socialization, she added.

The park, according to Oakwood Village, also gives residents the option of adopting a dog and also provides space for some residents to be reunited with pets they left with family members when they moved to the community.

Supporting construction or continuing maintenance of the dog park are the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, Best Friends Assisted Pet Therapy, Fulton’s Finest 4H Club and residents and friends of Oakwood Village.

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