A dog park for Stratford?

Parks and Rec committee votes for site near WPCA plant

Stratford may soon be getting a dog park, not far from the Water Pollution Control Authority Plant.

Members of the Parks and Recreation Committee voted Thursday to recommend the creation of a dog park on land right near the town’s sewer plant. The Town Council is expected to discuss the proposed concept and location at the next regular meeting on July 11.

Mitzi Antezzo, the 7th District Town Council member and member of the Parks and Rec committee, said many people in town are interested in the creation of a dog park. She pointed out how Room 213 in Town Hall, where the committee’s meeting was held, was full for the discussion.

Antezzo said she likes the idea of having the dog park near the WPCA plant and the town’s animal shelter. Other locations suggested were Longbrook Park and an area near Short beach.

“Everyone else thought it was a good idea. It doesn’t disturb any of the neighbors,” Antezzo said Friday. “Hopefully this will be the end of the dog park saga.”

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  • Joe Pedoto

    I would like to encourage everyone who has followed the long saga of the Stratford Dog Park to attend the July 11th Town Council Meeting.

    Full Disclosure: I am on the Stratford Dog Park Action Committee and have been working to get a dog park in our town for the past 5 years.

    There are issues raised by STARS about the located decided upon by the Parks & Rec Committee. The SDPAC wants to have a site that everyone can support. Members of our group are also members of STARS and we fully support the work they do in saving dogs from euthanasia.

    If it wasn’t for the efforts of the STARS volunteers, the adoption rate from our town shelter would certainly drop dramatically, just the English pound has recently.

    Please come to this meeting and let your voice be heard, no matter what your position is.

    All the neighboring towns around us have dog parks. Dog parks are the fastest growing amenity in public parks across the nation and have been for several years now. They are not rocket science, it’s literally just a fence in a field.

    Please come and let’s move this project forward! Thank you!

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