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Dog park may soon find a home

Monday forum will be used to unveil 3 possible sites

GREENFIELD — The town has been working for the past year with a group that wants to build a dog park, but one of the biggest hurdles has been finding the right spot for it.

It now appears that the town’s economic development director plans to announce three possible sites during a public forum Town Council’s Community Relations Committee will hold on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in 114 Main St.

Economic Development Director Robert Pyers could not be reached for comment on Friday and Mayor William Martin is away and could not be reached.

Pam Kinsmith and Rachael Kashner started the Paws Park of Greenfield campaign early in 2013. There had been a lot of talk about building a dog park in the previous 10 months, but there hadn’t been a lot of movement, said Kinsmith in a previous interview.

Town officials and Paws Park organizers began working together last year to find a town-owned piece of land and stepped up their search over the past couple of months, because in January an anonymous foundation pledged to pay 90 percent of what it would cost to build a dog park if the town could just find a spot.

Over the past year, the town has looked into numerous locations, including the former Wedgewood Gardens trailer park, which was destroyed by a flood several years ago and has too many wetlands-related restrictions, the former Meadows golf course on Deerfield Street, which the town had considered buying until it learned that an offer for the property was recently accepted, the town’s swimming pool area, Green River Park, Hillside Park, and most recently, land on Woodard Road and a private property near the town’s transfer station.

Town officials have said the problem with finding a spot has been that there are so many marshes and wetlands throughout Greenfield.

The Paws Park campaign has already raised a couple thousand dollars for the project, according to organizers. It could cost about $10,000 to build a dog park.

According to town clerk records, there could be as many as 2,500 dogs living in Greenfield — about 1,500 are registered with the town and the rest are required by law to be registered.

Information about the campaign and its organizers and progress may be found on the Paws Park of Greenfield Facebook page.

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