, Derry, New Hampshire

July 4, 2013

Londonderry dog park group still seeks location

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — It’s getting down to the wire to find the best spot in town for pups to play.

The Londonderry Dog Park Study Committee continues its quest to find a piece of land suitable for a dog park, but the list of available properties is dwindling.

A piece of property on West Road near existing soccer fields is now under consideration.

Research on that property is now underway with details on the location and how to fund the park up for discussion.

This is the next step in a long process.

Committee member Scott Benson said the process was moving at a “slow pace and frustrating” when he spoke to town councilors earlier this year about the park’s progress.

He said the group looked at several parcels of land to see what might be the best fit for the town’s more than 4,000 dogs who may want to roam there.

Previous properties under consideration fell off the short list.

Last September, 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 issues related to having dogs playing there.

Now sights might be set on West Road, officials say.

Dog park committee representatives were scheduled to appear before the Town Council earlier this month, but were not present at the meeting.

The dog park study group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Londonderry Access Center on Mammoth Road.