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Dog park under consideration in Funkstown

June 12, 2012

Funkstown officials informally agreed Monday night to explore the idea of opening a dog park at Funkstown Community Park.

Town Councilman Luke Barnette said he was approached about the possibility of a dog park by people who were walking their pets there.

Barnette said he knew finding funding could be a long process, but he would like to move forward slowly with the issue.

The town council did not take a vote, but agreed informally to have Barnette explore the viability of such a park.

Councilman John Phillips III was absent from the meeting.

Barnette said he would meet with councilmen Richard Gaver and Phillips, who oversees the park, to identify a section of it for a possible dog park.

The dog park would be a fenced-in area in which unleashed dogs could play, town officials said.

There was discussion about whether to ban dogs from the rest of the park if a dog park were opened because not everyone is scooping their pet’s waste, town officials said.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said the town was expecting to receive four stations, with bags for doggie waste, through a program with Petco.

Two stations would be posted at each end of the park, she said.

— Julie E. Greene

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