Planning, attorney find no objection to dog park location

UPDATED WITH PHOTO 4:55 P.M. JUNE 9.
UPDATE June 9, 11:15 a.m.: Planning Commission Member Joe Vecsey, who is familiar with issues related to The Greenway, said on June 9 that he and the commission looked at The Greenway when considering the plan to put a one-acre dog park next to the Animal Control Facility and The Greenway and found the dog park “would have minimal impact” on the pathway park.

The Greenway is a lateral park in Stratford, along a portion of the Housatonic River, consisting mostly of a path for walking and bicycling.

“It does not affect the picnic area Greenway at all,” Vecsey said.

The planned dog park “does not overlap” with Greenway land, Vecsey said. He added that a benefit of placing the dog park near Animal Control is that there is dual roadway access to the area — via Main Street and via Beacon Point Road.

Vecsey said the Planning Commission held two sessions for the public to express opposition to the planned dog park location and no one spoke against the plan.

Town Attorney Tim Bishop said that environmental issues related to The Greenway would be the responsibility of the Planning Commission. He said that his office “helped design the rules, looked at the extent volunteers could raise funds for things like waste terminals (boxes with bags), benches, plantings, and fencing, and reviewed liability issues.”

Expressing his personal opinion, and not an official opinion of the town, Bishop, who was involved with the original creation of The Greenway, said, “The proposed location for the dog park in my view compliments the ACF (Animal Control Facility) and isn’t really anything that would negatively impact the Greenway. I actually think that it might help encourage further animal adoptions.”

No one at Animal Control facility could be reached for comment on the morning of June 9.

Original story on this site: STARS president opposed to dog park next to Animal Control

Proposed dog park would run as a long strip between Water Control fence and wetlands, which are roughly marked by tall trees at left. Greg Reilly photo.

Proposed dog park would run as a long strip between Water Control fence and wetlands, which are roughly marked by tall trees at left. Greg Reilly photo.

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