GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Top Stories

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Top Stories

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
AP Video
Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream Raw: Woman Escorted From Ferguson Protests California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Holder Hopes to Bring Calm to Ferguson US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man