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June 13, 2007
The Hagerstown City Council gave the city staff permission during a Tuesday work session to research the creation of a dog park. Cindy Blackstock, city community development coordinator, wrote in a memorandum last week that several residents have asked for a park to exercise their dogs, and let the animals socialize with other pets in a safe environment. The location has not been decided, but would encompass about a 0.5-acre area, she wrote. The park also would include a fence, shade, access to water and wheelchair accessibility, among other things.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 20, 2012
About 39 percent of United States households own dogs, and parks specifically designed for dogs and their owners are growing in popularity across the country, a Hagerstown official said Monday. “Many other communities have these,” city Engineer Rodney Tissue said. “It's very popular.” For several years, the City of Hagerstown has been looking to build its own off-leash dog park for local pets and owners, and the idea appears to be gaining steam. Tissue and city's Parks Superintendent Junior Mason will present plans for a proposed dog park to the Hagerstown City Council at Tuesday's work session meeting, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. There are currently no off-leash parks for dogs in the county, Mason said.
By DAN DEARTH | November 21, 2007
A portion of Mills Park in the City of Hagerstown's North End is being considered for an off-leash dog park. City Community Development Coordinator Cindy Blackstock told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday that development of the dog park would include fencing, double-gated entries, two separate spots for large and small dogs, and watering areas. The estimated cost would be about $45,000 and paid for, in part, with money from Program Open Space and Capital Improvement Projects, she said.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 21, 2012
A portion of Hager Park has been selected as the proposed location of a new off-leash dog park in Hagerstown, and the Hagerstown City Council was receptive to initial plans during a work session Tuesday. The idea of building a dog park was brought up about three years ago, but was eventually shot down by neighboring residents who did not want more noise or increased traffic near their homes, city officials said. The proposed dog park location, about two-thirds of an acre in the northeast section of Hager Park, is suitable because it is close to existing restrooms and about 25 underutilized parking spaces, and no residences are in the immediate surrounding area, city Engineer Rodney Tissue said.
By DAN DEARTH | May 8, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will hold a public forum tonight at Northern Middle School to discuss a proposal that would convert a portion of Mills Park into an off-leash dog park with two fenced-in areas. Community Development Coordinator Cindy Blackstock said the forum will be an informational session in which city officials intend to present the proposal and then solicit feedback from the audience. "It's nothing that will happen in the imminent future," Blackstock said.
By HEATHER KEELS | May 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Neighbors of a proposed off-leash dog park turned out in force at a community forum Thursday to argue the proposed Mills Park site does not have adequate space, parking or access to support a dog park. Hagerstown officials organized the forum to gather input on an idea to build two fenced enclosures in Mills Park where owners could exercise and socialize their dogs off-leash. More than 30 people attended the forum, including at least five supporters of the proposal.
By DAN DEARTH | September 10, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown city officials will continue to seek a place to build an off-leash dog park. Cindy Blackstock, community development coordinator for the City of Hagerstown, told the City Council on Tuesday that a proposal to convert Mills Park into a park that would let people exercise and socialize their dogs failed to generate a sufficient amount of public support. "There was a lot of support for the concept, but not the location" at Mills Park, she said. About half the people who attended a meeting last spring to discuss the issue said transforming Mills Park into a dog park would lead to increased traffic, inadequate parking and noise from barking, Blackstock said.
By DAN DEARTH | June 26, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A group of dog lovers is looking for residents who are willing to help start a dog park in Hagerstown. Rych Pullen, a member of the Hagerstown Area Dog Owners Group, said he wants members with fresh ideas that the group can use to gain support for the park from city and Washington County governments. At this point, the site of the park hasn't been decided on, he said. Other cities, however, typically fence off an area at an existing park so dogs can roam. "Our vision is to get the ball rolling in a year or two," Pullen said.
September 26, 2012
Reunion enjoyed by Home Federal employees To the editor: Employees of the former Home Federal Savings Bank and  spouses  reunited for a picnic at Doubs Woods County Park on Saturday, Aug. 25.  James Failor, a 40-year bank employee who retired as a mortgage loan officer in 1999, expressed his desire in December 2011 for an employee reunion, and in March enlisted a planning committee of Celia Ausherman, Dick Kidd, Joyce Snurr...
By DAN DEARTH | December 5, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A dog park and playground equipment are among the items that the City of Hagerstown will ask the state to help fund in fiscal year 2009. On Tuesday, the City Council prioritized 20 items that it wants Parks and Recreation Director Junior Mason to apply for from Program Open Space, a state program that awards, among other things, public money to help municipalities improve their park systems. The 20 items on the city's list total $835,200. Mason said the city received about $213,000 from Program Open Space last year to buy, among other things, playground equipment at City and Wheaton parks.
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