, Derry, New Hampshire

October 18, 2012

Dog Park Study Committee sniffing around

By James Niedzinski
Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — While recent plans for obtaining land don’t have any tails wagging, the Dog Park Study Committee is still optimistic about the project.

Previously, the committee showed interest in town-owned land near Sanborn Road.

But the Town Council agreed to support the Elder Affairs Committee’s plans for the land earlier this month. The Elder Affairs Committee wants to use the land to build affordable senior housing.

“We are hoping a wonderful philanthropist will make a donation of land,” dog park committee member Cindy Eaton said.

Now, committee members are beginning to look at town-owned land near West Road and the Town Common.

Eaton said committee members have expressed interest in a park near the Musquash Conservation Area; however, a dog park might not be a good fit in the area.

The last thing committee members want to do is have to buy land and increase the cost of the park.

“We really don’t want to burden the taxpayers of Londonderry,” Eaton said. “It’s still our number one goal.”

The issue also came up at the Town Council meeting on Monday night.

The committee is strongly opposed to purchasing any new land, committee chairman Dottie Grover said during the meeting.

Grover acknowledged she and Stacy Thrall, chairman of the Elder Affairs Committee, were unaware of one another’s plans for the Sanborn Road site.

“I’ve talked to Stacy, she has no personal problems with a dog park next to an elderly housing unit,” Grover said.

There was some speculation about town-owned land near Auburn Road by Tom Dolan, vice chairman of the Town Council.

Grover and other dog park committee members have traveled to Derry, Concord, Dover and Portsmouth to gather more information about the right dog park for Londonderry.

In addition, Grover said, committee members are looking at three parcels of town-owned land, as well as being open to accepting any land donations.

“Surely, there is someone out there with dogs and land,” she said.