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Town Schedules Public Hearing On Proposed Dog Park

Jun 18, 2015 05:00AM ● By Bill Gilman
Thanks to a nearly quarter-million dollar grant, Tewksbury is moving forward with plans to build its first official dog park.
At the June 9 Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Manager Richard Montuori announced the town had been awarded a $236,000 from the Stanton Foundation help build the canine recreation area in a small section of Rogers Park.
"The (dog) park would be approximately 39,000 square feet. That's about .9 acres," said Montuori. "The entire Rogers Park where were  building the dog park is 27.5 acres so there is plenty of land there."
Rogers Park is located on a parcel of land adjacent to Rogers Street and Marston Street. It's located between Whipple Road and Main Street. (See map below).
"Rogers Park is also in an area of town that we’ve targeted as an underutilized location," said Montuori. "So not only will a dog park be built there, but it will also be targeted for more trails and passive recreation in that area."
While the decision to build the park has been made, the town is still seeking input from residents. A public hearing on the dog park project will take place Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. According to Montuori, the full dog park plan will be presented and residents will have a chance to provide input and ask questions.
"It’s a good project. We’ve had interest from residents in the past about creating a dog park," said Montuori. "It’s really a great opportunity for us, especially where it's going to be funded by the Stanton Foundation."
The Stanton Foundation was established by Dr. Frank Stanton and his wife Ruth, in 1991, to fund their philanthropic endeavors. Stanton was president of CBS Television from 1946-1971 and was an advisor to President Eisenhower on the country's response to a hypothetical nuclear attack.
Stanton, who died in 2006 at the age of 98, was also a lifelong dog owner.
According to its website, the Stanton Foundation provides funding for projects related to Canine Welfare, International and Nuclear Security and Informed Citizens.
The following Massachusetts communities have dog parks built with funding from the Stanton Foundation.

Below is a list of current participants in the Foundation’s Dog Parks program:

  • Agawam, MA
  • Arlington, MA
    Ronan Park, Dorchester
    DeFilippo Park, North End
  • Chelmsford, MA
  • Danvers, MA
  • Dartmouth, MA
  • Mashpee, MA
  • Millbury, MA
  • Yarmouth, MA
According to the Stanton Foundation web site, the grant will pay for 100 percent of the design costs of the park and 90 percent of the construction costs. The grants generally run from $100,000-$250,000.
There are also follow up grants available to help pay for the repairs and upkeep of the park. These follow up grants would be work up to five percent of the construction costs.
Tewksbury's proposed Dog Park will be located on a portion of the 27.5 acre Rogers Park.


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