Funkstown officials discuss proposal for dog park

July 11, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |

FUNKSTOWN — A Funkstown resident asked the mayor and Town Council on Monday night to consider opening a permanent, enclosed dog park at Funkstown Community Park.

No one strenuously objected to the idea and Councilman Richard Gaver said he would like to see the town have the first dog park in Washington County.

“We have one of the few dog-friendly parks now,” Gaver said.

After discussing possible locations and issues, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. suggested council members think about the park proposal and come up with more questions.

Bre Black, who said she moved to town about a year ago, proposed a permanent dog park so dogs could run around unleashed in a fenced-in area. Black said she has spoken to several people who would be willing to help with surveying land, putting up fencing and cleaning out brush if needed.

Black, who has volunteered at Frederick County’s Bark in the Park event, suggested holding similar events with an admission fee to raise money for the park. With the entry fees and in-kind donations, the park could cost the town nothing, she said.

She suggested holding one event so town officials could get a sense of turnout and possible proceeds.

The project would use about half an acre or less, she said.

Rules would be needed such as dogs having current vaccinations and no bad reports from the Humane Society of Washington County, Black said.

Councilman John Phillips III had concerns about permanent fencing in the area Black suggested, behind left field of the American Legion field. Phillips is the lead organizer for the Battle of Funkstown re-enactment, which uses areas of the park for events and encampments.

Crampton said there was a possible area behind a youth baseball field, but brush and tall grasses would need to be cleared out.

Crampton asked Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes to look into a dog park in Montgomery County to determine the pros and cons.

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