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February 26, 2013

Dog park nears finish line|Letter: Community seeing dog park to finish line

+To the editor:

I see community as individuals working together helping to make that area a better place to live, work, play and attract visitors.

Identifying a community need and volunteering to fill that need is a most rewarding experience. Anyone who knows me knows my passion for the welfare of animals. I don’t just ‘love’ animals but work every day to help dogs in need.

Through these efforts, I recognized the need for a dog park on Cape Ann. I have visited dog parks across the country and saw firsthand the joy they bring not only to the dogs but to their guardians as well. I instantly thought, “My community could use one of those!”

It’s been a long road, but The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park — an all-volunteer group of local residents — is finally nearing completion of Cape Ann’s first dog park located at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. This nearly 2-acre parcel of land has been divided into three fenced-in sections: a large dog area, a small dog area and Tino’s Corner, an area for special-needs dogs or dogs not quite ready for the larger dog park but who are in need of off-leash exercise and play time, too.

We are working towards a May 18 opening and, in the meantime, encourage everyone to take a walk by to see for themselves all that has been accomplished. What once was a weed and trash infested, unproductive piece of land has been transformed into a Gloucester gem and a jewel for Cape Ann dogs and their guardians.

There is much to be aware of when taking a trip to the dog park, so we also encourage visitors to go to our website www.gloucesterdogpark.org and view videos and articles on dog park etiquette and dog behavior to ensure a successful visit. Many dogs will not react as you might expect.

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