Meetings about bringing a dog park to town to begin April 5
Northborough – Dog owner and Northborough resident Anthony Ziton thinks this is the right time to bring a park for man’s best friend to town.
With the group Friends of the Northborough Dog Park gaining in popularity among residents, informational meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5 at the Northborough Library. The hope is to further advance the group’s plan to bring an unleashed, fenced-in dog park to a designated area of Assabet Park.
The April 5 meeting will include discussion on why the park is a good idea, with representatives from Animal Control explaining the benefit for the town, and why Assabet Park makes the most sense. Ziton believes the whole neighborhood could benefit from such a place.
“There’s a level of conflicts that occur at other parks,” Ziton said. “Whether it’s kids playing soccer or people hiking in the woods, we think a self-designated area that is more self-controlled makes a lot more sense.”
Ziton referred to time he and his wife spent in Washington, D.C., as the inspiration to bring a dog park to Northborough. According to Ziton, such parks are located throughout the city and provide a great place for dog lovers to mingle and interact.
“You can go every few blocks and there are a lot of wellmanaged, fenced-in dog parks,” Ziton said. “They work very well. It’s a great way to socialize the animals. It makes them more calm and they interact with people better.”
A presentation to the Board of Selectmen took place at the board’s Feb. 22 meeting, and it was Ziton’s first chance to let the public know about his idea. Board members urged Ziton to further investigate the idea and return with more concrete numbers on such things as price of construction and maintenance.
“They have asked us to hone in on the numbers,” Ziton said. “We have some rough numbers but we are working on getting some specifics of the costs. We’re going out and tackling those numbers and talking with people in the area.”
Among the chief concerns the public has raised regarding a dog park in town is safety. Residents have made mention that the park could pose a safety hazard, especially among children using the park. Ziton feels that the location is the best possible spot.
“I certainly appreciate that concern,” Ziton said. “This particular part of the property would have a completely different access points than the children would have. I think that the layout of the land kind of lends itself to keeping children and the families away from those who want to exercise their dogs.”
With the first meeting approaching, Ziton is excited to keep furthering this project and progress with fulfilling his desire to have a place that dogs and their owners can enjoy.
“There are 1,800 registered dog owners in town so we know there are people in town who have pets and are concerned about them,” Ziton said. “They want to have activities to exercise them safely. We think this type of thing is good for the community to have.”
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