She expects to meet with the Parks Commission on March 20.
The proposal would then go before the City Council. The Friends are a small group at the moment, she said, “but it seems like we’re going to get a lot of support.”
“Look at all the surrounding communities,” Ross said. “They all have dog parks for their own residents.”
Having such a facility in Peabody would make the city a more desirable place to live, she believes.
Jen Davis of the Parks and Recreation Department also sees a need for such a facility.
“There’s currently an order that does not allow dogs in any park,” she said, though it isn’t always enforced. Finding a legal place to exercise a dog is a particular problem for those who lack a fenced-in yard.
Davis, a dog owner herself, estimates it could take a year or two to set up the dog park.
Ward 5 Councilor Joel Saslaw, who owns two cats, is enthusiastic about the plan.
“I think it’s a great idea,” he said. He believes abutters have been contacted and expressed no objections.
Ward 6 Councilor Barry Sinewitz is taking a more cautious approach, however.
“I think it’s a good thing,” he said, “but we’ve got to make sure the details are right.”
He asked, for example, what would happen if the users fail to keep it clean — will the city be expected to do it?
His family has two dogs, including a Portuguese water dog.
“I would use it,” he said.