Committee to talk dog park options

A committee formed to review options for a possible dog park for Stratford will have a meeting with residents next Thursday.

The Stratford Dog Park Action Committee is inviting residents to an open meeting at 7 p.m. July 28, at the Stratford Animal Control Facility at 225 Beacon Point Road.

The meeting comes a week after the Town Council declined to accept a proposal from the Parks and Recreation Commission to open a dog park on property next to the Water Pollution Control Authority plant. The matter was referred back to the Parks and Rec Commission after several residents told councilors that the proposed location was not a good fit given its proximity to the animal shelter.

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  • Joe Pedoto

    I’ve been a member the Stratford Dog Park Action Committee for 5 years now, raising funds and awareness for this long overdue town amenity. Every town around us has one already. Dog parks have been the fastest growing segment of public parks for many years now, as awareness of the needs to socialize dogs has spread across the country.

    We’ve explored a dozen different sites in town, only to have them declared unusable, undesirable or unwanted. They are primarily opposed by people, even former town ACO Michael Griffin, who admit they’ve never been to a dog park. Unbelievable, right? (I also oppose Beyonc√© concerts because I’ve never been to one).

    It’s a fence in a field. It’s not rocket science.

    If the concerns raised by those opposed were factual, dog parks wouldn’t be so popular or so wide spread. It’s a place for dogs and their owners to spend time, meet each other, play together or simply to enjoy a half an hour exploring in a natural space bigger than their backyards.

    The more socialized Stratford’s dogs are, the less likely they are engage in dog on dog aggression and dog on human aggression, too. Indirectly, everyone in town benefits.

    Please come to this meeting if you’d like to see real progress made towards establishing a dog park in Stratford. Thank you!

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