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Londonderry's Sanborn Road location eyed for dog park

Union Leader Correspondent

August 12. 2014 12:46AM

LONDONDERRY — For the past three years, local pet lovers have been actively searching for a place to call their own.

This week, members of the Londonderry Dog Park Study Committee said they may have, in fact, had the perfect location all along.

Committee chairman Dottie Grover said the committee has reached the conclusion that a town-owned parcel on Sanborn Road — one of the first sites they’d looked at — is the best possible location for a park.

“We spent many, many hours looking at other sites,” Grover added. “And we actually ended up right where we started.”

About a year ago, committee officials had initially proposed to build a park there, but the proposal was ultimately nixed after the Elder Affairs Committee laid claim to the former salvage yard, which was being considered for a potential senior housing project.

But after further inspection into the matter, local elder officials have had a change of heart.

Al Baldasaro, chairman of the Elder Affairs Committee, said he thought a dog park would be a great neighbor for a senior apartment community.

Grover, a proud pup parent, said her work on the project began several years ago after some locals complained about dogs fouling on public fields.

The Londonderry Dog Park Study Committee was formed in 2011 and since then, several attempts to build a dog park at various sites around town have fallen short.

This week, committee member Cindy Eaton said some of the other sites that had been considered included the town forest area, a parcel behind the West Road soccer fields and an area adjacent to the Musquash Conservation Area.

Grover said Sanborn Road site appeared, by far, the best of the sites, because of its location and availability.

Council chairman Tom Dolan asked her to bring detailed plans to Town Manager Kevin Smith and the Planning Department to finalize their project proposal and return before the council sometime in the near future.

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