After pointing out that the board was meeting on National Dog Day, Animal Control Officer Jason Costa argued that excluding dogs from three town parks is unfair to the 470 registered dog owners in the town of about 3,000.
The Animal Control Commission is backing the idea of having a pilot dog park at the East Street softball complex.
The city's Office of Community Development has proposed the idea of using one of the fields there to test out a dog park. The city had started the process of securing funding and building a dog park but that is at least another year out. So for now, the city is looking to use the fields that haven't been used in some two years in the meantime.
The city is considering opening a field at the East Street Complex as a test site for a dog park.
The city has been awaiting funding to construct a dog park at Burbank Park since a 2017 working group fleshed out the idea and identified a location. The city is hoping for an award from the Stanton Foundation to take the next steps. Meanwhile, however, off leash dogs continue to be an issue in the city.
Town officials are now considering where to create a dog park.
The Selectmen had opted to ban dogs from all town parks last year after the Highway Department's worker's union filed a complaint about dog waste. That had followed a push to re-open the parks for dogs with signs and waste bags being made available.
The city will apply for grant funds to design a dog park next month.
The Parks Commission gave its approval of a preliminary design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The plans call for two areas - one for small dogs and one for all dogs - with walking paths, mounds for dogs to run up and down, shade, decorative fire hydrants, shade, water fountains for the dogs, and a 21-car parking lot.