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Temporary Dog Park Will Stay Open, Switching Locations

It was voted by Parks and Recreation that The Dedham Dog Park will continue to service the town.

The permit for expires today.  But Dedham dog owners will be happy to know that the park will not close down.  It will only be moved to another temporary location.

The committee will offer another extension for a year, or until the permanent dog park is complete. 

The park started as a pilot program, set up by .  At first, the Parks and Recreation Committee wanted to see how residents would respond to the park.  But they were surprised how fast hundreds of residents were using the facility.

According to DelloIacono, Dedham has 1600 registered dogs.  And since all of the other parks did not allow animals- it was almost a surprise to see that there was nothing put in place before.

You can also check out the park's website for the latest information by clicking here.

"I'm not a dog person," DelloIacono says.  "I wanted to open this park as a safety precaution.

He was concerned when he saw his neighbors walking their dogs through narrow streets, and unlit areas.  Mr. DelloIacono wanted to create a place where dogs were able to run around, while maintaining the safety of their owners.

"It would make me nervous whenever I saw a car making a sharp turn around a curb...cutting close to walkers," DelloIacono said.

The committee approved for the dog park to be moved to the Dolan Center at 269 Common Street. And even though it's only temporary, the new park will be a couple of feet larger than the current location, according to DelloIacono.

The next step for the committee will be setting up hours that will work for both residents and the town. But that will be determined at the next committee meeting.

Edna August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Wait, what? Isn't the dog park currently at the Dolan Center? What is the new location?
Sandra August 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Same area, just being moved. Go to Dedhamdogpark.com for details
Jack August 31, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Whoa, hold on. This sounds like a for-life extension. When it was first approved last year, it was supposed to be 90 days. And that's the only way the SMA Fathers were OK with it. I wonder, how do the Fathers feel being lied to by the Board of Selectmen?
Edna August 31, 2012 at 07:10 PM
This is a one-year extension until the permanent site at the Striar property is developed. Patch, please, a little more information and context would be helpful with these articles. We shouldn't have to go to the comments to understand the story!
Dan Hart August 31, 2012 at 08:51 PM
And okay with the priest at the SMA residence which was also omitted and very important to the discussion..
Mac Sterling August 31, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The priests at SMA we're pleased with the care taken by the dog park people (owners and park and rec commission) over the last six months. The fathers were consulted by Parks and Recreation last week concerning the restoration of the current park and the new location. They were very happy with both solutions. No one was lied to, no one was kept in the dark and the patch article was complete.

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