Commissioners reject dog park plan

Residents' objections and costs were concerns

January 18, 2004|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

Dog owners in Carroll County will have to find another place for their four-legged friends to frolic - at least for now.

The Carroll commissioners turned down last week a proposal to create the county's first dog park on the western portion of the 7-acre Westminster Community Pond on Route 140 at Route 97, just outside city limits.

The commissioners were concerned about costs associated with maintaining the 2-acre park and its proximity to homes, said Richard Soisson, director of the county Department of Recreation and Parks.

Several residents who lived near the community pond opposed the dog park at that location, Soisson said.

Still, the commissioners asked the department to consider alternative sites and other funding sources.

"I do feel fairly confident that we'll be able to work something out in the future," said Soisson, noting that he will start pinpointing other possible dog park locations.

The idea for the dog park was first presented to the commissioners in November after several pet owners worked with the recreation department to come up with a proposal.

The park would have consisted of a fenced-in area with two sections, one for small dogs and one for bigger dogs.

The cost for construction was estimated at $25,000, most of it for fences.

Bruce Falkenstine, who spearheaded the push for a dog park, said Friday that he was disappointed with the commissioners' decision.

"I guess we'll go back and regroup and see if we could find another location," Falkenstine said.

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