No. Quabbin Dog Park opens Sunday
ORANGE — There’s a new park in town, and it’s already gone to the dogs.
After three years of planning and fundraising, and a summer of site work, the North Quabbin Dog Park is fenced in and ready for business.
“It’s so awesome to have it done,” said organizer Kathy Marble. “People have been dropping in already, and we’re getting a great response.”
The park will hold an open house at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. It’s located in a section of the Orange Municipal Airport, off East River Street.
Activities are still being planned, but Marble said they will likely include a doggie parade and contests like cutest dog, best trick and a tennis ball catching competition.
Coffee and snacks will be provided, as will dog treats.
The park has three separate sections, one for dogs under 25 pounds, one for larger dogs and another for training and agility. Put together, Marble said they’re about as big as a football field.
The third section is empty at the moment, but next year, Marble hopes to have some canine agility equipment installed. For now, though, she said it can be used for training, or a gate can be opened to combine it with the adjacent large dog section.
Marble said the Friends of the North Quabbin Dog Park also hope to host dog trainers next year.
The Friends were able to save some money on the park, thanks to 900 feet of chain-link fence donated by Athol, and a few hundred feet of fence from private citizens.
Money saved went toward three dog waste stations and a hand sanitizer station for each, as well as trash cans and “shade sails” to provide shelter from the sun. The park still has a wish-list of items. It can be seen at goo.gl/k8lB7r.
Handlers are asked to bring no more than two dogs per visit, and to keep them leashed until they enter the gated area. Dogs more than 6 months old must be spayed or neutered, and all dogs must have current rabies shots and other vaccinations. Handlers must be 16 or older, and children younger than 8 are not allowed in the fenced area.
Full rules and regulations can be found at www.northquabbindogpark.com, or on the park’s Facebook page, listed below.
Those who plan to attend the open house are asked to RSVP to email@example.com, or on the Friends of North Quabbin Dog Park Facebook page at goo.gl/0UmUJx.
David Rainville can be reached at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279