The proposal will go back to the council for review in the next month. The dog park committee is working on getting feedback from residents at the upcoming Balloon Festival this month.
“We want to know, what’s the demand for a dog park,” said Dan Ciesielski, chair of the dog park committee.
Residents previously gave mixed responses on the idea of a dog park on Norton Place Extension.
“We don’t feel it’s the most safe thing,” said Michael L’Etoile, who lives on nearby Robert Street. He said neighbors are concerned about parking and other issues.
Only one house will soon remain at the corner of Norton Place Extension and Robert Street Extension as part of the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The neighborhood flooded in 2011 and most of the houses were purchased and demolished by the federal government.
Norton Place Extension, a dead end, will eventually be empty, with two acres set aside for the proposed dog park.
“It’s something to do. I think a dog park is important,” said Angelica Rojas de Kuehlkamp, a town resident.
Ciesielski said the committee hasn’t received any feedback in the past few weeks. He is hoping a survey at the upcoming festival will give residents an opportunity to voice their opinions.
The committee initially hoped to open a dog park at an existing park, but police and town officials had safety concerns. In the past few months, Town Manager Robert Lee and members of the committee have toured the land on Norton Place Extension. “I see no resistance now,” Ciesielski said of the town’s cooperation.
The land was staked with markers indicating the estimated area for the park. The plan is to have separate areas for small and large dogs, surrounded by approximately 1,000 feet of fencing.
The park will have access to water and electricity, along with plenty of trees for shade. “It’s a good step forward,” Ciesielski said.
The committee is looking at fundraising ideas for the estimated $25,000 to $30,000 price tag of the park. Ciesielski said members plan on reaching out to local organizations and businesses in the near future.
The committee will needs Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission approval before anything can be done on the site. More information and volunteer opportunities can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org