by Andrea ColeAssociate EditorStow -- With the closing of the swim lake last year, Parks and Recreation Director Nick Wren wanted to offer a recreational amenity to residents.Wren has recommended using the lake and area around it in Silver Springs Park as a dog park. The issue was discussed by City Councilmembers and residents Monday night during Council's Public Improvements Committee meeting.While Wren said he hopes to open the park by April, the proposal first needs approval from Council. A city ordinance that prohibits owners from allowing their dogs in city parks also would need to be revised before the park opened.Wren said preliminary plans for the park include moving the fence, which encloses 8 acres of land, so the sand volleyball court is outside of the dog park. Wren said the park would need trash receptacles, and he hopes to add "agility equipment, such as ramps" for canines.He added the dog park would have one unique feature -- a 3-acre lake -- which dogs would be able to use. The park also would include a closed-in entrance where owners could enter the dog park from Silver Springs, he said.Although hours for the park and the months it would be open have not yet been established, Wren said he expects the park to be closed during the winter.Councilmember Mary Bednar, chairperson of the Public Improvements Committee, said she does not expect Council to vote on the proposal this month.E-mail: acole@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3947