, Salem, MA

April 12, 2013

Our view: Chalk one up for the dogs

The Salem News

---- — For four years now, dog lovers in Danvers have worked tirelessly to create a space in town where their pets can run off-leash. Now, thanks to two big donations, the end is in sight.

Friends of the Danvers Dog Park got a big boost last week from Mayer Tree Service, which agreed to donate $9,000 worth of tree work necessary to create a path through the woods at Endicott Park to the dog park. And the town agreed to grade a portion of the site, provide a water line and supply granite blocks that will serve as benches. All this means construction can begin this spring.

Off-leash parks benefit everyone, as evidenced by the success of such areas in neighboring Salem and Beverly. It’s a safe, friendly environment for pets and their owners, and it cuts down on leash law violations elsewhere in the community.

So thanks to the donors, and also to the Friends group that has worked so creatively to raise money and design a healthy refuge for dogs.