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Orange dog park finishing touches under way

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Puppies play at the North Quabbin Dog Park.

Recorder/Paul Franz Puppies play at the North Quabbin Dog Park. Purchase photo reprints »

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Dog Park in Orange opened last fall after much collaboration from a group of volunteers named the Friends of the North Quabbin Dog Park. The park is a community project in partnership with the town and is located at the Orange Municipal Airport. Created as a place for dogs and owners to enjoy free play while socializing, it features three separate fenced-in areas divided into space for big dogs, small dogs and another area for agility training.

Its official opening last October had the park furnished with the bare necessities. Fencing, gates, shade sails, water bowls, waste stations, and trash cans.

A “Finishing Touches” fundraiser has been planned by the group for this Sunday at the Elks Hall in Orange from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a pasta dinner, bake sale, auction and live music. Charlie Scott and the Reprobates Blues Band will perform. Advanced tickets are $15 each or two tickets for $25. Purchase information can be found through the NQDP website and Facebook page.

The group hopes that with the funds raised it will be able to finish the interior of the park. Organizers plan to purchase six sections of connecting play structures at a cost of $300 per section. The intended structures will be durable, made to withstand regular wear and tear from the dogs and hold up to weather conditions.

Also onsite are some small toys, and a picnic table. The organization is working on finishing the park this spring by adding play structures like tunnels and bridges. Friends of the North Quabbin Dog Park have been working toward obtaining such items from local businesses and residents. A wish list of items is available on the parks Facebook page and on its website,

A recent donation of tires from Pete’s Tire Barn in Orange will be used in the park as play pieces. Another donation that’s in the process of being built is an information kiosk. The kiosk will be added for the public to post and view other dog and animal related events in the region.

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