ATTLEBORO — A consensus appeared to emerge from a 30-minute listening session with Mayor Paul Heroux Tuesday night time that the canine park off Pond Avenue North, most of which is definitely in Seekonk, must be moved.
The place the brand new web site might be stays unsure.
And there’s the chance that there could possibly be two canine parks.
“There are positively enhancements that may be made,” Heroux stated.
The mayor — who’s identified for his love of canines, is in his final time period and is operating for sheriff of Bristol County — stated the placement of the canine park is one thing he needs to deal with earlier than he leaves workplace.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t deal with it sooner or later,” he stated.
About 15 folks attended the session at Metropolis Corridor.
Heroux described the present web site as “the undesirable stepchild of town.”
It was began by volunteers, has been run by volunteers and was constructed on what might have been a dump on property the place the wastewater remedy plant is positioned.
A brand new park could be city-run, Heroux stated.
“If we modify issues, it could be a totally metropolis operated park,” he stated. “No extra volunteers.”
Issues with the present web site embrace no shade, no water, no bathroom amenities and a scarcity of signage prohibiting smoking and dashing.
As well as, the canines take pleasure in digging up what seems to be some form of waste buried within the floor.
It was described as “grey stuff.”
One other downside includes the animal shelter, which is close to the canine park.
Shelter volunteer Kim Penque, who couldn’t attend the session however despatched Heroux an electronic mail, stated canine park customers velocity down the entry highway to the park with home windows open and generally canines leap out of the automobiles.
When shelter volunteers are strolling their canines the unleashed canine park canines are on the free and conflicts generally erupt.
“This all turns into an enormous threat when the shelter canines are out and about!” Penque stated in her electronic mail to Heroux. “When there’s a shelter canine which may not like different canines and a canine park canine is on the free it turns into a harmful state of affairs for the canines and the folks. We wish to see it moved!!!”
The place to maneuver the park turns into the subsequent query.
Heroux had two recommendations.
One was Highland Park, the 93-acre former golf course off Mechanic Avenue and Rathbun Willard Drive.
Parks Superintendent Derek Corsi and Metropolis Councilor Cathleen DeSimone each spoke towards that, and Heroux famous that the duty drive he assembled a couple of years in the past to resolve what the Highland property must be used for additionally voted towards a canine park.
The second was in Judy Robbins Park off Riverfront Drive.
Heroux urged that the canine park be positioned close to the Olive Avenue bridge finish of the park, however Corsi beneficial towards that.
Each of these concepts have been eradicated in consequence.
The one concept that appeared to realize some traction was a city-owned tree farm off Learn Avenue close to the South Attleboro Hearth Station.
Nonetheless that web site has some issues, together with its measurement.
Making a car parking zone would chew up lots of the land, Corsi stated.
Heroux requested contributors to electronic mail him some concepts on the shut of the session.
George W. Rhodes may be reached at 508-236-0432.