When Mary Lou Maraganis, Judi Masciarelli and a few of their friends first raised the prospect of creating a “park” in which dog lovers could let their pets run without leashes and play more freely with their canine colleagues, many residents thought it was a great idea — and suggested it couldn’t be done.
But today — after several rounds of city board meetings, and three years of dedicated fundraising and volunteer work — the new Gloucester Dog Park will officially open to all of our four-legged friends, a facility that should indeed be greeted with open arms by pet owners from across Cape Ann, and a rousing tribute to all of those who refused to take “no” for an answer and persisted with seeing this project through.
The new facility, which opens at 10 a.m., stretches across 2 acres of Stage Fort Park and site adjacent to the basketball courts. In addition to its main play area, it also includes a section for smaller breeds of dogs that can meander without intimidation from larger dogs, and a section for dogs that may not yet be well-socialized and ready to frolic with others.
It should, in other words, offer a haven for virtually any and all dog owners. And that indeed makes it “a gem of the city,” as Maraganis proclaimed earlier this week.
Our congratulations go out to all involved with this project for a job very well done.