Council Supports Braintree Dog Park

Published in The Patriot Ledger 
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at 11:56 PM
Updated at 12:01 AM
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The off-leash area would be located inside Pond Meadow Park.

BRAINTREE − The town’s dogs are a step closer to having a park of their own.

The town council Wednesday night gave its unanimous approval to the creation of “Paw Meadow Park,” an acre-and-a-half park where dogs can run off-leash inside Pond Meadow Park.

The decision was applauded by the more than 50 people, and a few dogs, who attended the meeting.

Sarah Delory, president of the Braintree Dog Park Association, has been working on the project for a year-and-a-half.

“It’s been a long road to set here, but it’s great to finally have a location,” Delory said.

The site also had the support of Mayor Joseph Sullivan, who said he has looked at dog parks in other communities and several other sites in town had been been looked at.

“We felt Pond Meadow would be the best location,” Sullivan said.

The mayor said he has also reviewed research which shows dog parks “allow for greater socialization of dogs which promotes good behavior in the home and public as well as how a park of this nature is viewed as a community asset.”

The park would be split into two enclosed areas. One acre would be set aside for larger dogs, while the other half-acre would be for smaller dogs. It would be located near the park’s pavilion and a parking area and away from the paved trail, a popular on-leash walking route.

The cost of the design of the park and up to $222,500 of its construction cost would be paid for by a grant from the Stanton Foundation. The state has also approved $50,000 for the dog park.

Sullivan has proposed using $22,500 of the town’s Community Preservation Act funds to pay the remainder of the costs. Town council approval would be needed for the appropriation.

At-Large Town Councilor Shannon Hume said that many residents use dog parks outside of town and that Pond Meadow would be “the best fit” for the facility.

At-Large Councilor Sean Powers said “we need a dog park for our four-legged friends and neighbors.”

The dog park proposal also had the support of the animal control officers in both Braintree and Weymouth.

The plan still needs the approval of the Weymouth Town Council before it can go to the board which oversees Pond Meadow Park for their action. Sullivan hopes that vote can take place next month.

Fred Hanson