Dog park in Green renamed for Dick Goddard

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GREEN, Ohio (WJW) – The city of Green remembered the late Dick Goddard on what would have been his 90th birthday by renaming its dog park in his honor.

Goddard, a native of Green, died on Aug. 4 at the age of 89. He was known as a staunch animal advocate, founder of the Woollybear Festival in Vermilion and of course, FOX 8 meteorologist.

A ceremony was held Wednesday to rededicate the Green Dog Park as the Dick Goddard Dog Park at Ariss Park. Dick Goddard’s daughter Kim and longtime colleague Robin Swoboda were in attendance.

“I loved him as all of you did. And there will never be another Dick Goddard again,” Swoboda said.

Appropriately, dogs were barking as the new sign was unveiled.

(FOX 8 photo)

The event doubled as a donation and collection event for the Summit County Humane Society. Their greatest need is dog food.

Akron leaders designated Feb. 24 as Dick Goddard Day. The city of Vermilion is also making plans for a Dick Goddard dog park.

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