Proposed Braintree Dog Park Clears Second Hurdle

Published in WickedLocal Braintree
May 29, 2018 at 10:15 PM
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Funding for a proposed dog park in Braintree cleared another hurdle in the state senate last week following a successful amendment by Sen. John F. Keenan, D-Quincy, to allocate $50,000 in state funding for the project.

Keenan’s amendment now places amendments for the proposed dog park in both the house and senate versions of the state budget. The amendment was co-sponsored by state Sen. Walter F. Timilty, D-Milton.

Last month, state Rep. Mark Cusack, D-Braintree, proposed a successful amendment that asked for $50,000 to be dedicated to the construction and maintenance of a dog park in Braintree.

Through the The Braintree Dog Park Association, Braintree residents have advocated for the creation of an off-leash dog park in town for roughly a year.

The association is listed as a non-profit and claims they are “a passionate group of dog lovers who recognized the need for a dog park in our town,” according to the organization’s website.

The group’s website, braintreedogpark.org, states the ideal location for the dog park is at Pond Meadow Park behind the picnic gazebo.

“We aim to establish a fenced-in, off-leash dog park for well-behaved canine citizens to exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife,” the organization’s mission statement reads. “Our goal is to create a beautiful, well maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park’s rules and regulations. We view this as a community enrichment project, in partnership with the Town of Braintree, designed to satisfy the needs of dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike.”

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.

With the senate’s approval of the fiscal year 2019 budget, which begins on July 1, a conference committee will now work out the differences between the Senate budget and the version passed by the House of Representatives in April.

According to data from last year, there were 2,736 dogs registered in Braintree alone.

Bradford Randall