Hillsborough to discuss dog park improvements

From staff reportsAugust 16, 2013 

— Dog park improvements and results of the Town of Hillsborough’s current dog park survey will be discussed Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board meeting.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Town Barn, with the recommended dog park improvements leading the board’s agenda.

The dog park opened in April 2009 at Gold Park, an overall 20-acre park located at 415 Dimmocks Mill Road, at the end of South Nash Street. The dog park portion is lightly used.

The improvements – recommended in a fall 2009 survey – include adding trees and shade inside the fence of Hillsborough’s dog park as well as moving the park’s waste bags, trash can and water inside the fence.

The town conducted a survey through Friday to gather input on possible changes to the park’s fencing. The dog park is configured now with a center fence to provide two separate areas. An adjacent covered picnic area is outside the fencing. The survey asked dog owners to rate possible fencing options in addition to keeping the current configuration:

• Option 1: Expand the fence to include the picnic shelter with no other changes.

• Option 2: Expand the fence to include the picnic shelter, and remove the center fence that creates two separate dog areas.

• Option 3: Expand the fence to include the picnic shelter, and increase the size of both areas by expanding the dog park to the west and moving the center fence.

The survey also asks dog owners to share any reasons they have for not frequenting the park regularly.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the Parks and Recreation Board’s meeting, especially those who are interested in improvements at the dog park; want to become involved in improving and maintaining the dog park; or have questions for the town’s planning staff or Parks and Recreation Board members.

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