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Watertown officials to discuss off-leash dog park Feb. 4

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 30, 2014 01:54 PM

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Watertown may be going to the dogs -- but not in a bad way.

Watertown locals who want an off-leash dog park are encouraging residents to attend a Town Council public works subcommittee meeting on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Watertown Town Hall on the second floor.

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Jack Keating and Margie, Rotary Park, Wilmington
Deb Whitman, a Watertown resident who is helping spearhead the dog park initiative, said Town Council members decided last spring to begin searching for a designated spot in town to set up a park for local canines.

Since the plans are still in the beginning stages, Whitman said she is unsure how much it would cost to set up, or whether funds would come from the town or would be raised privately.

"I think the first step is to see where they're going to allocate the space," Whitman said. "The second step would be to compute the cost to complete the fencing."

Whitman said she hoped to have the dog park completed by this spring, but noted that it might take until next year to get the logistics sorted out.

"We are just so thrilled that there has been such strong support so far that it would get to the subcommittee level," she said.

Whitman, who actually does not own a four-legged friend herself, said she became involved after several of her friends grew weary of bringing Fido and Spot to nearby communities for a good romp in the park.

"There's not place in Watertown where dogs can be off-leash, so dog owners go to adjacent towns like Newton, Arlington, and Brookline," she said. "There's even one in downtown Boston, in the South End. If they can find a space there, surely we can find space here in Watertown."

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page or visit Watertown's official website.

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