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Antrim Township dog park project moves forward

$50,000 was budgeted for the project at the township park on Grant Shook Road in Greencastle

March 27, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Antrim Township Community Park could be home to a dog park as early as this fall, according to township officials.

Antrim Township Administrator Brad Graham told township supervisors Tuesday that the parks committee approved recommending moving forward with constructing a dog park at the township park at 12315 Grant Shook Road in Greencastle.

The township budgeted $50,000 in its 2013 budget for the dog park, Graham said.

Pat Heraty, vice chairman of the board of supervisors and liaison between the supervisors and the parks committee, said the dog park project is moving ahead.

“We’ve already approved the funding for it, and I anticipate it will be constructed and ready for dogs to go run around and have fun before the end of the year,” Heraty said.

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The proposed site of the proposed dog park currently is a brushy, wooded area in the southwest part of the township park.

Heraty said the vision for the off-leash site will be a fenced-in area, with separate areas fenced off for large dogs and small dogs. There will be benches in the area along with water for the dogs to drink.

There also will be courtesy stations and garbage cans, he said.

The dog park is not a new idea, Heraty said. It’s been tossed around for four or five years.

Heraty said it came to the forefront when the board of supervisors asked the parks committee to compile a list of projects that were a priority to complete this year.

A dog park was one of the top five on the priority list, he said.

Two years ago, a resident came forward at a supervisors meeting with 600 signatures in support of a dog park, Heraty said.

“We have also had vets in the area who said it would also be a nice addition to our community if we were to have a dog park,” he said.

Heraty and his wife take their dog to the dog park at Norlo Park in Chambersburg, Pa.

“It’s a safe environment. It’s very nice and dogs love it,” he said.

Graham said the dog park will be on the agenda at the next supervisors meeting April 9, at 7 p.m. at the township municipal building at 10655 Antrim Church Road in Greencastle.

The supervisors will have to discuss any liability issues concerning the dog park and get bids on the park, Graham said.

“Hopefully (on April 9), they will give me direction on what the next steps will be,” Graham said. “I think the desire would be for it to be complete before the fall of this year.”

“We look forward to getting that project done and a few other projects in our park,” Heraty said.

“Hopefully, everybody starts using the park a little more. It’s a great asset in our community, and the dog park will be a nice addition to that.”

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