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Springdale council investigating possible locations for town dog park

['Darrell Sparkes plays fetch with Bella, a year-old German short-haired pointer at the Corner Brook dog park. — Star photo by Cory Hurley<br /><br />']
['Darrell Sparkes plays fetch with Bella, a year-old German short-haired pointer at the Corner Brook dog park. — Star photo by Cory Hurley

Online petition impetus for potential new development

SPRINGDALE, N.L. - Mayor Dave Edison says plans are moving forward in considering creating a dog park in his town.

“It was brought to council’s attention and there was no one opposed,” Edison said. “We thought it was a good idea.”

The next step is to investigate potential locations.

“It has gone out to committee, and they will figure out a location and whether we can put it there,” Edison said. “They are looking around to see what might be available.”

Council became aware of residents’ desire for a dog park after an online petition was created a few weeks ago.

The commenters on the Change.org petition were enthusiastically vocal in their support for the park.

“This is long overdue,” one wrote. “A dog park is a great idea. Great way to get out and socialize with other dog owners. also great for tourists who travel with their pets.”

Another said dogs need a place to release their energy and socialize in a safe environment, and added that it will keep the streets cleaner.

“YES PLEASE,” wrote another. “I would love to have a place where I can bring my dog to run and play with others. He loves to be off leash but since he is a beagle his nose gets the better of him and he can’t stay close. A fenced dog park would be amazing for Springdale!!”

The petition was an unusual approach to get council’s attention, according to Edison. People would normally bring concerns forward to staff or individual councillors. But, no matter how the request was received, the dog park plan is moving forward.

“Once we find an ideal location, we’ll put our heads together and try to make it happen,” he said. “A lot of towns are going this route and it works well for them.”

If any other residents have a matter to bring to council, they should contact the town staff or town manager, according to the mayor. Their concern can then be presented at council or they can speak on their own behalf before council or to a committee.

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