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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.

Deb Lambert



Editorial: Time to resolve dog-human conflict at former state hospital

Friday, October 4, 2013

Is there a “dog park” at the site of the former Northampton State Hospital? This perennial question about the vast, natural area off Route 66 should have been settled years ago. Northampton officials need to step up and help find a solution. Conflict between people and dogs in this area has been occurring since the old psychiatric hospital closed in …

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