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November 15, 2012

Dog park plans off and running


After Thanksgiving, King said she plans to meet with Mountain and Chief Ranger Dave Townley on future dog park plans. With the park proposed for land in a historic district, the plan had to win preliminary approval of the Historic District Commission. Proponents must go back to the commission for approval of the final location and dimensions, Mountain said.

Salem has an off-leash dog park along the North River, with its use governed by dog owners obtaining a yearly “Pooch Pass” through Salem’s Park, Recreation and Community Services Department. Last year, Beverly opened Paddles’ Park, a dog park built on land adjacent to Beverly Municipal Airport, for resident dog owners who obtain a special tag.

The Danvers Dog Park is privately funded on town-owned land, Mountain said.

To support its construction, the Friends of Danvers Dog Park are holding a comedy night fundraiser tonight at 8 at Timothy’s at the Village Green, 225 Newbury St. (Route 1), Danvers. Comedians performing are Dave Rattigan, Jimmy Dunn, Jessica Casciano and Kyle Crawford. Tickets are $25 at the door.

If you want to support the dog park, you may also send a check payable to “Friends of Danvers Recreation Inc.,” with a memo line that reads “Friends of Danvers Dog Park,” to P.O. Box 165, Danvers MA 01923. Donations to the park through the Friends of Danvers Recreation are tax-deductible.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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