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West Hartford Dogs May Get Their Park

Patch logo Patch 8/10/2022 Michael Lemanski
A coalition on West Hartford is looking to build a temporary dog park on Mayflower Street as a precursor to a possible permanent location. © Shutterstock A coalition on West Hartford is looking to build a temporary dog park on Mayflower Street as a precursor to a possible permanent location.

WEST HARTFORD, CT — As the dog days of summer continue their furnace-like grip on the local climate, one local group is looking to improve the climate for the town's four-legged friends.

The West Hartford Dog Park Coalition, which is currently exploring a path to build a permanent dog park in town, has applied to, at least, build a temporary site behind St. Brigid School, 100 Mayflower St.

Monday, the West Hartford Plan and Zoning Commission officially received the application for the temporary site and set a public hearing date for Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at West Hartford Town Hall.

The application was filed by David Coleman and Pamela Hershinson, who serve as co-presidents of the dog park coalition.

If all goes well for the applicants Sept. 7, the dog park could open as soon as Sept. 10, according to plans, and close about a year later.

"The coalition understands that the school is a future construction site, so it is flexible as to when the park would close," reads the summary proposal.

Coalition supporters hope the temporary dog park at Mayflower Street proves to be popular and, when possible, the group could eventually build a permanent dog park at that location.

Dog parks are seen as community benefits because they provide opportunities for canines to exercise, socialize with other dogs and generally enjoy themselves — along with the dog owners as well.

The temporary site would cover about three-quarters to a full acre of land, depending on the amount of rented fencing the coalition would utilize.

The area would also include an area for small dogs, a common feature in most town dog parks.

When operating, the temporary dog park would not be staffed, though the coalition would post a sign stipulating the rules of the park.

In addition, it would require no commitments from town staff regarding snow removal and "town department workloads will not be impacted in any significant way."

Prior to the public hearing, about 240 abutting property owners in that part of town will be notified of the Sept. 7 public hearing, giving neighbors the chance to provide feedback.

Meanwhile, the coalition later this month is hosting its annual "Pooch Plunge" event at the Beachland Park Pool, 847 South Quaker Lane.

This event serves as a fundraiser for the coalition, with the cost to rent the fencing for the temporary park slightly less than $8,000.

The "Pooch Plunge" is from 4 to 6:45 p.m. at the pool and the cost for families to bring their dog and themselves for a swim is $15.

For more information on the 2022 Pooch Plunge, click on this link.

For more information on the West Hartford Dog Park Coalition, click on this link.

For West Hartford PZC application information on the temporary dog park, click on this link.

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