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November 15, 2012

Dog park plans off and running

DANVERS — Proponents of a place where Rover can run free are more than halfway to their goal of raising an estimated $30,000 for the construction of the Danvers Dog Park in a portion of Endicott Park on Forest Road.

Since the summer, a group called the Friends of Danvers Dog Park has been active planning; figuring out regulations for use; and raising money for fencing, a path, shrubbery, benches and signs. The group has raised more than $17,000 so far, said Carla King, president of the Friends of Danvers Dog Park.

The dog park would be a place where canines can run unfettered. While many town parks, including Endicott Park, welcome dogs on a leash, there are no public spaces in Danvers where dogs can run off-leash.

The dog park would be built in a far corner of an overflow parking area in Endicott Park. It’s a field adjacent to the walkway called Dean’s Lane. The exact dimensions of the park have not been worked out, Recreation Director David Mountain said, but he said it will include a portion of the field and some woods, which also includes a stone wall.

Mountain said the off-leash dog park will complement Endicott Park, which is already used by dog walkers.

Residents have been working since 2009 to create the dog park, and last year, selectmen approved the plan to locate it at Endicott Park.

A construction committee headed up by resident Dutch Norden, who runs a construction company, is investigating how much it will cost to build the park. The committee is seeking estimates for such things as the cost of black, 8-foot-tall chain-link fencing for three sides of the enclosure and paddock fencing along the front, King said. How much the park will cost will depend on its size.

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