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Waynesboro dog park plan clears hurdle

May 27, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council gave its support Wednesday for adding dedicated dog park on borough property at Northside Park near the borough's pool.

Slated to be a fenced section of the park where dogs can run free, the concept and location for the passed council in a 5-1 vote.

Councilman Ronnie Martin opposed the idea, saying that he would not vote for the project until a report on the impact of dogs at Rotary Park at Wayne Gardens was offered to the council.

Rotary Park is the only dog-friendly recreational area currently in the Borough of Waynesboro, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

A dedicated dog park is different from a park that allows dogs, Councilman Wayne Driscoll said.

Dog parks are more than just areas to exercise a pet, he said.

"We are not doing this purely for dogs," he said, adding it is a vehicle for people to socialize.

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Driscoll proposed the idea for the dog park earlier this year after the concept was brought up by a constituent, he said.

Now that the council and the recreation board are behind the project, it can move forward, he said.

An unofficial group of residents has also expressed interest in the project, Driscoll said, adding that he believes the group will take an active role in bringing the park about now that council has given its support.

Driscoll said the park will be rather simple with a fenced area marked by signage and animal waste stations.

Questions of cleanup at the dog park peppered discussion Wednesday.

Borough Maintenance Supervisor Dennis Benshoff said his crew cleans up after the dogs at Rotary park when owners fail to do so.

Martin said he has heard a mix of opinions on the waste generated by dogs at Rotary Park.

"I'm getting ... that everything is fine, but I'm also getting ... that there is a lot of clean up," he said of Rotary Park. "I'm in favor of (a dog park) if (the maintenance department) does not have to clean it up."

Driscoll said he is confident that residents who are passionate about the dog park will step up and volunteer to maintain it.

With council support secured, Driscoll said the project should move rather quickly.

Estimated to initially cost between $10,000 and $15,000, the next step will be to secure donations, he said.

The initial phase of the park includes fencing a generally unused grassy section of Northside Park, adding signs and adding stations for disposing of animal waste, Driscoll said.

Driscoll said he has pledged to provide signs for the park through his business, Custom Sign Studio.

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