Dog Park Takes Shape in Billerica
BILLERICA -- Years of dogged persistence will soon pay off.
After nine years of planning, a new public dog park broke ground at at Vietnam Veterans Park this month, formalized by a ceremony on Nov. 14.
Organizers say if all goes as planned the park will open by May 2019.
“We’re under construction,” said Mark Reid, chair of the Dog Park Committee. “We don’t expect any other delays.”
He said they hope to complete the bulk of the construction before the end of the year, but progress depends on the weather.
The final design of the park is just under an acre. It will be open to dogs of all sizes. The park also features a special section exclusively for small dogs.
In addition to fences, Reid said the park will have pathways, benches, trees, water spigots, parking spots and, possibly, a pavilion
The Stanton Foundation is covering 90 percent of the $190,000 project. The Dog Park Committee raised the remainder. Fundraising will also pay for the park’s ongoing maintenance.
According to Reid, many of the project’s delays stem from fulfilling requirements the project must meet in order to secure funding from the Stanton Foundation. This included increased accessibility and a change in the size of the park eliminating the wooded area.
Reid said his own dog was 4-years-old when the effort started. Now -- over 60 “dog years” later -- his 13-years-old pup is past her dog park prime. However, the park, he said, is meant to be enjoyed by dogs of all kinds.
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