Will There Be a Dog Park in North Reading?
Residents want to know if North Reading is going to open a dog park.
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According to Parks and Recreation Operations Director/ Department Head Maureen Stevens, "We've never had an official one."
However, years ago residents brought their dogs to a park on Park Street that was fenced in to let them run and play without a leash. It was never an official dog park, but residents and their furry friends still enjoyed it. That was closed about three years ago after neighbors complained about noise, dog fights, animal waste and other issues, Stevens told Patch.
The selectmen met and deemed that it wasn’t a friendly thing for the neighborhood, she said.
As for the future, "nothing is on the table in regards to developing another dog park," she said. Location, parking and neighbor proximity are problems that will prevent the town from opening a dog park.
Residents frequently bring their dogs to Ipswich River Park, but there is a leash law. Still, people tend to let their dogs off their leashes at the park, Stevens said, but the Parks and Recreation Department hears a lot of complaints when that happens. Some people are not comfortable with dogs, even if they are friendly, running over to them. Sometimes people are afraid or even allergic, she said.