Funding for Watertown Dog Park Approved

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Dogs will soon have a place to run off leash in Watertown after the Town Council approved funding to build a dog park.

The dog park will be located at How Park, on Pleasant Street, and will include a 200-foot x 100-foot fenced in area. The cost of installing the fencing will be $5,600, and the Council also approved $400 for any cost overruns.

The vendor, Ideal Fence Inc., told Community Development and Planning Director Steve Magoon that the fence could be installed as soon as two weeks after the funding is approved.

Town Councilor Aaron Dushku noted that the fence on the schematic drawings has only one gate. He said it would be nice to have a small gated in area around the entry gate with a second gate so that dogs do not escape when someone enters the area.

“The Animal Control officer also suggested that,” Magoon said. “If the budget allows it we can see if we can include a dual gate system.”

A dog park will be built at the Alta at the Estates on Waltham Street, which will be open to the public. Town officials are also exploring building another one at another park in town, Magoon said.

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