Southington, Cheshire dog parks cited as examples for Plainville project

Southington, Cheshire dog parks cited as examples for Plainville project

Record-Journal


PLAINVILLE — Dog parks in Southington and Cheshire were cited as examples during discussions this week regarding a potential park in Plainville.

The town’s dog park committee presented information and a detailed proposal regarding a future dog park to the Town Council during a workshop Monday night.

“There’s a lot of them all over the place,” Dan Ciesielski, chairman of the committee, said of dog parks in surrounding towns.

In a video presentation, the committee showed several dog parks in the area they had visited for reference. Parks in Southington, Cheshire, Bristol, Rocky Hill and Glastonbury were all cited as examples of well-designed parks.

“I actually visited the Southington one last week to get a feel for it,” said Kathy Pugliese, council chairwoman.

The Southington park is located in a public area on Mill Street and is under the direction of the Southington Parks and Recreation Department.

“We did go to the Southington park,” said Stan Bojanowski, dog park committee member. “We spent time chatting with owners.”

Some of the rules at the Southington park are being borrowed for a dog park proposal in Plainville, including no dog food or treats allowed, no one under 12 years old allowed in the park and obeying leash laws outside the fencing.

The parks the committee cited Monday contain fenced-in areas for different size dogs, a sign detailing the rules of the park, bags for cleanup primarily provided by dog owners and other amenities that the committee has been considering for a Plainville location.

The council previously agreed to postpone a decision on the proposed location of Norton Place Extension.

The workshop allowed councilors to ask detailed questions about the plan.

Town Councilor Deborah Tompkins asked what the annual cost to the town would be.

Ciesielski said the cost details would be part of a memorandum of understanding with the town which would include grass cutting, ordering of supplies like mulch and waste bags and other maintenance.

The park is estimated to cost between $25,000 and $30,000 and will include 1,070 feet of fencing, three pedestrian gates, four park benches, two water fountains and two larger gates for maintenance equipment.

The committee plans to start fundraising if and when the project is approved.

Residents have expressed opposition to the proposed Robert Street Extension location in the past.

Danielle Roux previously said the park would be too close to her home at the corner of Robert Street Extension.

“I am totally against this dog park,” she said. “This park is 150 feet from my house, there is really no barrier.”

The neighborhood flooded in 2011 and most of the houses were purchased and demolished as part of the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The area is isolated, but still considered residential. Roux suggested Norton Park as a better alternative.

Police Chief Matthew Catania addressed the alternative during the workshop Monday night.

“I take the approach as a public safety official,” he said. “I didn’t think that was the proper place for a dog park.”

Town Councilor Robert Ciotto said he was for a dog park in Plainville but was against having a park in a residential area.

The council will hold a public hearing on the location next month.

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