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Dog park proposed for Hagerstown's North End

November 21, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

A portion of Mills Park in the City of Hagerstown's North End is being considered for an off-leash dog park.

City Community Development Coordinator Cindy Blackstock told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday that development of the dog park would include fencing, double-gated entries, two separate spots for large and small dogs, and watering areas.

The estimated cost would be about $45,000 and paid for, in part, with money from Program Open Space and Capital Improvement Projects, she said.

"At this point, we'd like to explore future funding sources and meet with the neighborhood," Blackstock said.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he liked the idea of having a dog park in the city.

"The only concern I have is funding," he said.

Metzner suggested that the council should wait until Blackstock gets the neighborhood's input before moving forward.

Blackstock said Mills Park is underutilized, has several utilities in place and could be the ideal spot for dogs to roam in a controlled environment.

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Blackstock said she solicited recommendations for the park's development from the Hagerstown Area Dog Owners Group and Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County.

Some of the proposed rules for the park stipulate that dogs would have to be properly licensed and inoculated before they enter the park, she said. In addition, dogs would have to be removed at the first sign of aggression.

Blackstock wrote in a memorandum that the city attorney is in the process of reviewing a complete list of proposed park rules.

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