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March 13, 2014

Londonderry dog park plan moves forward

LONDONDERRY — Resident dogs may soon be playing on their own turf off West Road.

The Londonderry Dog Park Study Committee has worked for the past two years to find a town-owned property to turn into a park for the more than 4,000 resident dogs.

Town property off West Road now tops the list as the most suitable location.

“There are still some outstanding liability questions that will need to be answered before the project proceeds too much further, but those are operational in nature,” Town Manager Kevin Smith said.

Other locations fell through prior to the group deciding on the West Road spot.

Last year, the committee agreed to pursue a former town-owned salvage site on Sanborn Road, but that plan fell through when it was learned the Elder Affairs Committee had already laid claim to the property for future senior housing.

Another property on Auburn Road also was mentioned as a possible park site. The land, now a federal Superfund site, was once a town dump.

A piece of conservation land off South Road was then deemed a good choice, but many residents voiced opinions to the contrary, citing barking, waste and other negative issues related to having dogs playing there.

Park committee members have said on prior occasions that no town money would be used to support the dog park. Money would be raised through fundraising and private donations.

Volunteers will pitch in when needed. The land would need to be graded and stone dust spread. Fencing would be installed around the park land.

There will also be a portion of the park designated for smaller dogs to play.

Smith said no official Town Council vote would be needed to approve the park since no town money would be spent to support it. He said having a dog park in town will be a good thing for the community.

“I think a lot of people will enjoy it,” Smith said.

The Dog Park Study Committee was scheduled to meet this week to get more details into place.

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