PLAINVILLE – Residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions next month on a dog park proposed for Norton Place Extension.
“It’s on the location, it’s not whether people want (a dog park) or not,” said Town Manager Robert Lee.
The hearing is set to be held at the Municipal Center on Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.
This will be the first official public hearing on the Dog Park Committee’s proposed location.
“I’m hoping people share my concerns,” said Danielle Roux, a resident who is opposed to the plan.
The proposed park will be less than 200 feet from Roux’s backyard.
Her family’s home is the only one left on the corner of Norton Place Extension and Robert Street Extension. The neighborhood flooded in 2011 and most of the houses were purchased and demolished by the federal government.
Roux said she is worried about her family’s safety. Currently a few bushes and trees separate the Roux home from the proposed site.
Roux said more than 100 people signed her petition opposing the location.
Dan Ciesielski, chair of the dog park committee, said he feels the town-owned land on Norton Place Extension is the best site.
“Our number one concern is to protect the privacy of the people on corner,” he said. “We can put up barriers.”
The park will be fenced.
“That doesn’t help the sound of the barking or the smell,” Roux said. “It helps the privacy, but that’s it.”
Other locations were considered when the search began more than a year ago. The committee initially hoped to use an existing park, but police and town officials had safety concerns.
If the Town Council approves the location, the dog park committee can begin fundraising efforts. The estimated cost is $22,340.
Ciesielski said the committee has collected 800 signatures in support of the dog park.