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Dedham Dogs on Parade: Park Opens Today

A pilot dog park on Common Street opens to the public as part of a 90-day trial.

Less than eight months after Chuck Dello Iacono to open a dog park in Dedham, dog owners will have a place to take their four-legged best friends beginning Thursday.

A 90-day pilot dog park at the on Common Street is ready and welcoming dog owners.

"It's been madness - in a good way," Dello Iacono said of the whirlwind process.

Dello Iacono, who is not a dog owner, spearheaded the effort as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, as he researched, developed and pitched the idea to town officials.

The park hit a snag in the fall when proponents learned it would take special permission from the state to override a bylaw mandating dog leashes in parks, but commissioners acted swiftly to put forward an idea to turn a often vacant field at the Dolan Center as a pilot park.

The field is not protected parkland and still under the control of the Board of Selectmen, not parks commissioners. in November.

A permanent dog park could be built at , or on the Striar property, commissioners have said. Dello Iacono reiterated the commission's desire to file a Town Meeting warrant related to a permanent dog park for May's annual meeting.

But any warrant - and the future of a permanent park - relies heavily on the use of the pilot park and how well dog owners maintain it.

"If all the dogs owners, which I know they will, they'll live up to their end of they bargain and clean up after their dogs," Dello Iacono said.

The park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk Monday through Sunday.

A 15-person sub-committee will oversee the park and report directly to the Parks and Recreation Commission. That committee, chaired by Dello Iacono, met for the first time earlier this week.

"The parks guys did such a great job in a short amount of time getting [the park ready]," Dello Iacono said.

Angela December 01, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Please don't build a dog park at Conden Park, we just built a beautiful playground there and now have to worry about dogs running near children or going into the park!
Rachel Forsyth-Tuerck December 01, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Can't wait to head over and try it out. Thanks to everyone who was so diligent in seeing the dog park through and become a reality.
marietta December 01, 2011 at 09:49 PM
They would most likely fence in any area that they plan on using as a dog park, to ensure any dogs do not get out of the specified area and disrupt other park activities.. same for children or other people getting into the specified area and disrupting standard dog activities.
Rachel Forsyth-Tuerck December 02, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Just went over this afternoon and had a great time. I've got one happy, tired pooch! It's great opportunity to socialize & exercise dogs. My only suggestion would be to have a double gate entrance, so the outside gate could be opened without worrying about other off-leash dogs getting out by accident.
Rachel Forsyth-Tuerck December 13, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Thanks for the new double gate so dogs & people can enter and exit without worrying about other loose dogs in the park. Much appreciated!

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