Fenced-in dog park supported for Northampton
To the editor:
I am not familiar with the fenced dog park in Granby. However, I am familiar with the Brunswick (Maine) Dog Park. It is a large fenced area off the bike and walking path. Dogs are encouraged to play and run and romp — off leash in a secure setting. There are benches for the humans, trees for shade, a water spigot, and dispensers and receptacles for doggie bags. It is a great draw, a place where dogs can run and fetch and play with their species. My 13-year-old dog, Raleigh, becomes a youngster again. And every dog is a friend and playmate. Owners of dogs new to the concept of off-leash are introduced to the concept slowly. I believe the park was built and is maintained by the city. However, I believe the fencing costs were borne by dog lovers. Community preservation monies are a good idea as well, as the Gazette’s Oct. 8 editorial suggests.
I live alongside the rail trail in Northampton. Sadly, some dog owners think they and their dogs are exempt from the leash and clean-up ordinances in town. I recognize that not everyone loves dogs; and I recognize that dogs and people both deserve secure play time. A fenced dog park seems like the answer.