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Worcester to hold hearing on proposed dog park, Feb 26th

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Quoted from Worcester Telegram & Gazette online

"WORCESTER — The City Council Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee has scheduled a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 to take up the proposal to create a city-sanctioned dog park in a 5-acre area along the western boundary of Green Hill Park.

The hearing will be held in the Esther Howland Chamber in City Hall.

The council has been looking to establish a city-sanctioned dog park for many years.

Since 1997, the city has had an animal control ordinance on the books that prohibits dogs from city parks, beaches, playgrounds and schoolyards.

Because people are no longer allowed to bring their dogs into city parks, repeated requests have been made for a dog park where people could legally exercise their dogs. When the city was updating its Open Space Plan last year, one of the more repeated pubic requests was the creation of a dog park.

The Green Hill Park area has been identified as a potential site for the dog park because it meets most of the city's siting criteria, which include: a central location, available parking, no significant impact on a neighborhood and ease of access.

The initial public response to the proposed dog park has been largely very favorable, though District 2 Councilor Philip P. Palmieri said he hopes the committee will consider other sites as well."

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