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Arlington officials eye limits to recently approved off leash hours

Posted by Brock Parker  June 9, 2010 11:40 AM

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Off leash hours are coming to Arlington parks, but town officials are recommending 10 parks where the hours should be curtailed or prohibited.

The Parks and Recreation Commission decided on the recommendations Tuesday, and will hold a public meeting June 15 to gather input and discuss the implementation of the off leash hours at certain parks.

Last month, Town Meeting approved off-leash hours from dawn to as late as 9 a.m. at certain parks as long as the pets remain under the effective control of their owners.
Parks that are contiguous to a school and parks within 15 feet of a playground will be excluded from the off-leash hours. The Parks and Recreation Commission can also choose to exclude other parks from the off-leash hours.

The commission is recommending that off leash hours be forbidden at Buck Field, the Hibbert Street Park, the fenced baseball field at McClennen Park, Parallel Park, Scannell and Waldo parks, and Reservoir Beach during the summer.

Recreation Director Joe Connelly said the commission is also recommending forbidding off leash hours in the woods at Menotomy Rocks Park, halting off leash at 8 a.m. on Saturdays at fields being used for athletics, and limiting off leash hours at Robbins Farm to 6 to 7:30 a.m. followed by a 8:30 to 9 a.m. period in which dogs would be allowed off leash at the farm in a designated area.

Although the town approved off leash hours last month, the bylaw will not be enacted until it is approved by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. The state approval is expected this fall.

The commission’s hearing about implementing the hours will be in the Town Hall auditorium at 7 p.m.

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