Dog on the Move

Softball subject to stay intact; council seeks different spot for canine

The Metropolis Council voted unanimously Monday night time to not transfer ahead with changing subject No. 3 at Veterans’ Memorial Park right into a canine park.

After many residents spoke up throughout the public remark portion of the June 13 assembly, the Metropolis Council determined that it was not within the city’s finest curiosity to transform an often-used softball subject right into a full-time canine park.

One resident’s argument in opposition to placing the canine park close to different fields the place kids and adults play was the well being of individuals within the space.

“I used to be terrified to search out that you just had been contemplating even placing a canine park in that space the place the entire kids are enjoying,” mentioned resident Theresa Beaver. “We do want canine parks, however we additionally want locations which are secure for our youngsters to play.”

Considered one of Beaver’s details concerning the security of the youngsters was the truth that some canine homeowners enable their canine to run freely round Veterans’ Memorial Park with out being on a leash.

Mayor Kiernan McManus talked about that this initially happened as a result of he was below the impression that subject No. 3 was seldomly used. Nevertheless, after listening to from many individuals all through the city, together with younger gamers, and receiving extra info, he acknowledged that the sphere is definitely used greater than initially thought.

Through the council assembly, McManus went so far as to name the motion a mistake.

“It’s additionally turn out to be clear to me that, uh, this isn’t the suitable place for the canine park,” McManus mentioned. “There’s a higher asset by preserving this subject as it’s now.”

The council talked about that they do have one other space in thoughts for a brand new canine park, one which’s far sufficient away from the place kids play, nevertheless it additionally offers different to Hemenway Valley Park.

Earlier than constructing the brand new canine park, Metropolis Council will search opinions and suggestions from residents concerning the placement.

One potential new system did come from this complete scenario.

Whereas Metropolis Council members had been going by means of paperwork how typically the sphere is used, they observed that the reservation sheets weren’t being crammed out. Going ahead, council members would love everybody to verify they’re staying on high of the reservation paperwork and updating them every time the fields are getting used.

This may assist from working into the identical scenario the place council members thought the fields weren’t getting used whereas gamers, coaches and residents are saying the fields are used typically.

“I believe it’s essential; I believe it exhibits the place you may get if you attain out,” Councilman James Howard Adams mentioned. “We’re right here at present, having this dialogue, as a result of the group spoke up and tell us the place we went fallacious. I believe it’s essential that we see that, in order that we will transfer ahead in a constructive course.”

Adams urged that members of the Parks and Recreation Fee have a look at a possible spot for the brand new canine park, which might be the massive grass fields between the pond and baseball fields at Veterans’ Memorial Park, at their subsequent assembly in August.

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