Dog park could become a reality near K-C

Hopes are alive for a dog park near the Kimberly-Clark mill in New Milford.

The required fencing and gates to enclose Pickett District Road property have been estimated to cost as much as $15,000.

Organizers who want a local dog park discussed funds needed and possible fundraisers at a meeting July 9. They are eager to get official approval to use land Kimberly-Clark is willing to lend them. The proposed acre of land is just north of the Kimberly-Clark mill, near company-owned property now used for town soccer fields.

The relatively flat area would include adequate parking space would be accessible to most pet owners.

Mayor Patricia Murphy, a park proponent who helped broker the offer from Kimberly-Clark for use of the vacant land, informed park advocates the legal paperwork is in the final phases of completion.

Kimberly-Clark will provide use of the land at no cost. It is not a gift or town purchase. The liability insurance for a dog park will be no different than that required for other town parks or sports fields.

The mayor said she expects to be able to bring the formal dog park proposal to the town council at its July 27 meeting.

In the meantime, Mayor Murphy is encouraging the group to continue its fundraising.

Eleanor Covelli, assistant Parks and Recreation director, said the group will have a booth July 24-25 at Village Fair Days. Members are planning a family event, the screening of the classic film "Wizard of Oz'' at Bank Street Theater in August.

In addition, organizers have placed collection containers in local businesses and are planning a walk-a-thon for the fall.

"This is an easy success,'' Murphy said about the dog park. "There is all kinds of energy out there for it.''

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