A popular recreation complex is being eyed as a new spot for a potential dog park in Plainville, but some residents are worried it may not be the best spot.
On Thursday, Buddy and his owner Laura Hook were out for a walk at Norton Park, and Hook said she is excited about the prospect of adding a dog park to the space.
"I think it's wonderful. I think it's something that the town needs, and it'll get people to come out to the park more and socialize, with the dogs and for the humans,” Hook said.
Dog owners aren’t the only ones who use Norton Park, as it boasts several playing fields, a pool, and loop for walking and running.
Town Manager Robert Lee said that’s why some people have had concerns.
"Well it's a very crowded park to begin with, so introducing another element such as dogs in sufficient numbers or larger numbers, there might be some conflict,” Lee said.
The dog park would be fenced in a shaded area on the edge of the park near the basketball court.
It is one of several sites the Dog Park Committee is considering.
However, not everyone is convinced that concept would work.
"It would be very complicated, you would have to have signs up – ‘at your own risk,’ you know, if your dog is violent, don't bring him in here, all kinds of things, it's very complicated,” said Alice Nazzareno, of Plainville.
The project is still in the preliminary stages.
The committee meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Recreation Department, which residents can attend.
The town manager said they still need to decide on the site and talk about funding.
He is not expecting to see a dog park anywhere in town for a few more years.
The committee is still wanting to hear the public’s opinion on this, and they're planning on being out at Wings and Wheels in town on Saturday, with a booth detailing all of the options.
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