Keene to hold public hearings regarding dog park in city
“The park right now has a considerable amount of use. Right now Wheelock Park plays home to two softball diamonds, two Cal Ripken (baseball) diamonds, twenty-four horseshoe pits, a forty-one campsite camping area, two tennis courts, two play areas, a pool, a hockey arena and a volleyball court. That’s all within that forty-one acres,” Bohannon said.
Residents first came to the city in 2010 with a petition, signed by about 60 residents, asking for a dog park.
Currently at Wheelock because the softball and baseball diamonds are fenced in, dog owners tend to visit the fields and let their dogs run free. The dogs leave waste that the dog owners fail to pick up, so it creates a maintenance problem for the city.
“A lot of people already walk their dogs through the fields so if Wheelock Park is considered and is able to host a dog park it benefits the people that are already taking their dogs there,” Bohannon said.
“Dog parks are great amenities for communities because they create a social area not just for the dogs, but their owners,” Bohannon said.
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