Group Seeks Braintree Dog Park

Published in The Patriot Ledger
Jun 8, 2017 at 12:48 AM
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A group is forming to seek the creation of an off-leash dog park in Braintree

BRAINTREE – A group is forming to campaign for the creation of an off-leash dog park in town.

The Braintree Dog Park Committee will hold an initial meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Thayer Public Library’s Logan Auditorium. The library is at 798 Washington St.

Sarah Delory, who chairs the group, said the idea for it came out of a social-media discussion about dogs in parks. She said the discussion brought out strong feelings on both sides.

“Obviously, there is interest in the community for a dog park,” she said.

Delory, who owns two dogs, said she has to go to Randolph or Hingham for a place to throw the ball to her 90-pound Lab, Sadie.

“A well-exercised dog is a well-behaved dog,” Delory said. “We would like to make a place where we can do that and not be disturbed.”

She said the tasks for the new committee include finding a suitable location for the dog park, getting a cost estimate and coming up with a set of rules and regulations. The committee would then approach town officials.

The committee has a core group of nine people.

“I’m hoping we can grow it as we go along,” Delory said.

Creation of a Braintree dog park had been discussed before. In 2010, the town’s parks and recreation advisory committee recommended creating a dog park on a portion of the town-owned land at the former Norfolk County Hospital site at Washington and South streets.

The town owns 27 acres of land in the area, and the parks and recreation advisory committee said about an acre would be needed for the dog park, which would be enclosed by a fence.

The proposal drew some opposition from neighborhood residents and went no further.

Since then, a playground and a Braintree Art Center have been added on one section of the town-owned land. CATS Academy was developed on an adjacent piece of land.

The public is invited to attend Saturday’s meeting.

Fred Hanson