Dog park organizers seek volunteers, donations for project

GREENFIELD — The two women who met through tragedy and decided to work together to create a dog park in Greenfield are looking for volunteers to join Paws Park of Greenfield Leadership Committee.

Pam Kinsmith and Rachael Kashner are hoping to form a six-to-eight-member committee to begin educating the public on why there is a need for a dog park in Greenfield, as well as how the community might help.

“The committee will be working on educating people about dog-related issues, including socialization, aggression, body language, stress and more,” said Kinsmith. “It will also be looking for a place, and once that happens, making plans for the park.”

She and Kashner are currently working with the mayor and other town officials to find a spot for Greenfield’s canines to roam and romp safely.

Kinsmith’s dog was hit by a car and killed last year. Around the same time, Kashner’s was also hit, but survived. The two women found each other as both started looking at the possibilities of a dog park in Greenfield.

“The first order of business is to find a spot for the park and raise enough money to erect a fence around it,” said Kinsmith.

She said she and Kashner have already organized several fundraisers, but said there’s still a lot to be done.

“There are a lot of dog owners in Greenfield and they want a safe place to let their dogs run and play and be social,” said Kinsmith.”

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

“We’d love to see things happening by summer,” said Kinsmith.

Kashner will be at a table at the Little e at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Saturday. She will be handing out information, collecting donations, and talking to people about joining the effort.

Kinsmith said they are looking for donations of money, materials, services and time. Materials should not be brought to the Little e.

Kinsmith said they won’t know what kind of fence they are erecting until they have a property.

“Committee seats are open to anyone who has an interest in bringing a dog park to Greenfield — people don’t have to have a dog, just a love for them,” said Kinsmith.

Paws Park of Greenfield can be found on Facebook.

For more information about Paws Park or serving on its Leadership Committee, contact Kinsmith and Kashner at: pawsparkgfld@gmail.com Also, call Kinsmith at 413-773-1214.

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