SHERMAN — The town is a couple of steps closer to having its own dog park — or at least exploring the idea.

After months of no participation, the Parks and Recreation Commission’s Dog Park Exploratory Committee now has three members.

The committee was formed five months ago to explore the creation of a dog park in Sherman, but has never met due to a lack of volunteers.

The Parks and Recreation Commission was “still actively searching” for people to serve on the committee last month, according to Parks and Recreation Director John Wrenn.

Commissioner Denise DePalma will head the committee, whose members will provide input and help figure out where a dog park could go, how it could be paid for and what steps need to be taken to make it all happen.

A three-member exploratory committee will suffice, Wrenn said Tuesday, but the Parks and Recreation Commission “would like to have more people.”

Nearly 250 dogs are registered in Sherman, but no public place in town where they’re free to run around and play.

The closest off-leash dog parks are New Milford’s Candlewoof Dog Park and the New Fairfield Dog Park.

A town dog park would not only benefit dogs and their owners — it could also help resolve concerns about dogs running freely on town-owned property, Wrenn said last month.

“Dogs have between a problem over the years, so we’re trying to talk about alternatives instead of just shutting out dogs from the parks because people don’t follow the rules,” he said.

Anyone interested in joining the Dog Park Exploratory Committee is encouraged to call Wrenn at 860-354-3629.