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NEWS
October 23, 2012
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday appointed seven people to its newly-formed citizen Dog Park Task Force. The task force will take a closer look at various locations for an off-leash dog park, discuss what types amenities that the proposed park should have and then periodically report back to the city council with recommendations, city Engineer Rodney Tissue has said. Hagerstown's proposed dog park would be the first park of its kind in Washington County. Task force members are Anthony Bittner, Renee Burgan, Heather Holman, Nate Mackley, Maria Mestre, Stacey Webster and Martha Whittington.
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NEWS
August 21, 2013
Steve Catlett, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation board, told board members Tuesday that he has received “nothing but positive” feedback on a proposal to implement a swipe-card system and user fee for the community's first dog park. No action was taken by the board on the proposal Tuesday, but Catlett said low-voltage electricity service is being extended to the dog park area to accommodate a swipe-card system, should it be approved. Water service also is being extended for drinking fountains.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2013
A task force considering a dog park for Hagerstown is focusing on establishing the park in Fairgrounds Park or City Park and is moving away from possibly having it in Hager Park. Task force chairperson Maria Mestre said after one of the group's meeting Monday afternoon at City Hall that the task force likes Fairgrounds Park and City Park because they are big enough to allow the city to have flexibility in establishing a dog park. Both parks have existing walking trails and little brush that would have to be cleared for a dog park.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 3, 2013
Fairgrounds Park has become the front-runner for the location of a dog park in Hagerstown, and Yannick Mundy, who has two dogs that he lets run around at the fenced-in dog exercise area at Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park in Halfway with his friends' dogs, called the plan “the greatest thing ever.” “Right now it's kind of hard to find an area where you could take a lot of dogs, and they could all have fun,” said Mundy, of Hagerstown....
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
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.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
A task force working to find a location for an off-leash dog park in Hagerstown unveiled a concept for Fairgrounds Park with a proposed late June opening, but the Hagerstown City Council was not entirely in support of the site Tuesday. The task force presented the final report with the intent that the five-member city council would vote to approve the location at the April 23 meeting. But after more than an hour of discussion, Mayor David S. Gysberts said the issue will be discussed again at an upcoming work session.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
The public is invited to a meeting Monday to discuss a potential dog park in the Hagerstown, according to a city news release. City staff from the Department of Parks and Engineering will hold the 7 p.m. meeting in the council chamber at City Hall, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said. Wolfe said the purpose of the meeting is share ideas, gauge support for a dog park in the city and obtain commitments from potential users. Staff also will seek feedback on a park concept plan, she said.
NEWS
By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | Raychel.Harvey-Jones@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
A task force established to find a location for a dog park in Hagerstown has selected Fairgrounds Park as the site it will recommend to Hagerstown's mayor and city council. Maria Mestre, chairperson of a task force made up of Hagerstown residents, said the group is responsible for making recommendations and presenting a proposal to the mayor and Hagerstown City Council. “This park was our top choice as it fulfilled all the criteria we were looking for such as location to residents, walking and driving distance to the park and sufficient parking,” Mestre said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 24, 2012
Concerns about establishing a dog park in Hagerstown, including possible problems like dogs attacking children or dogs getting hit by balls from nearby baseball fields, were raised Monday night during a meeting at City Hall. About 20 people attended the meeting. Several people associated with American Little League attended a meeting about the proposed facility in Hager Park and said they were worried about mixing the dog park with the Little League games played there. Lewis Berry, an American Little League coach and a league board member, talked about dogs possibly getting away from their owners at the dog park.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2012
There are no off-leash dog parks in Washington County, but numerous Hagerstown-area canine lovers hope that will change in the future. “It's a wonderful thing for the community, and it's great for the dogs,” Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, said Thursday night. Miller was one of several people who spoke during a public meeting at Hagerstown Community College, urging county officials to include plans for dog parks in its proposed plan for land preservation, parks and recreation.
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