Maynard Dog Park sign now

This petition, supported by the undersigned constituents, is directed to William Cranshaw, Sally Bubier, John Barilone, Jr., Robert Nadeau, David D. Gavin, Gerald Collins, Linda Hansen, Paul Camilli, John Curran, Cathy ODea, and other interested Town Officials. Its goal is to support the designation and construction of an enclosed dog park at the former landfill on Waltham Street, Maynard.

We, the undersigned constituents of Maynard and the surrounding areas, respectfully urge you to authorize the funding required to establish an off-leash dog park to be created at the location described above.

In creating a dog park, we hope to accomplish multiple goals:

1. To establish a fenced in, off-leash dog park where dogs can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property, or wildlife.
2. To develop well-maintained open space, open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park's rules and restrictions.
3. To view this park as a community project, in partnership with the Town of Maynard, designed to satisfy the needs of dog owners and non-dog owners alike.

We request the Town of Maynard to authorize adequate funding to provide appropriate fencing, including a double gated entry to prevent dogs from bolting, water availability, garbage cans, bag stations, benches, and signage.

Unfortunately, no off-leash dog parks currently exist in the Maynard vicinity. Though Maynard taxpayers enjoy the many open spaces available for recreation in the area, including the Assabet National Wildlife Refuge, many facilities are closed to dogs and none allow off-leash recreation. Instead, Maynard dog owners must make a 35-minute drive to Weston Woods or a 45-to-60 minute drive to Medway, Saugus, or Sharon Dog order to exercise and enjoy their pets in a safe (fenced) off-leash environment.

The addition of a dog park will not only make use of a currently unused area in Maynard and provide Maynard residents and residents of the surrounding towns with a much-needed off-leash environment for their pets, but it also will benefit the greater community in several more far-reaching ways:

1. A dog park builds bonds within the human community.
2. Dog park patrons tend to be people who appreciate the park and take an "ownership interest" in it. As a result, they keep the area free of criminal activities and other bad elements.
3. Those who care enough to attend dog parks are usually registered voters, educated, somewhat affluent people, and very attractive to local businesses. Such citizens attract others like themselves to live in the area, continuing the trend to increase revenues to local business and to the tax base.
4. Most dogs require exercise that leash restrictions do not permit. The cardiovascular benefit provided by healthy play with other dogs is great for dogs longevity and weight control. Dogs are social animals whose mental health is improved by interaction with other canines. Happy, healthy dogs are calmer and better behaved, reducing nuisance barking and other annoying behaviors exhibited by unexercised canines.
5. Park patrons want to ensure a clean park for all dogs attending. Feces pick-up and disposal is an integral part of retaining a clean park. A visit to any dog park will verify this observation. Owners watch for and pick up their animals feces, and when a dog defecates, other patrons assume that the dog owner simply did not notice and gently remind the owner to pick up the feces and throw it away.
6. Once the off-leash park is constructed, a core group of community activists including the creators of this petition do commit themselves to its continued maintenance (e.g. organized, periodic, cleanup efforts).
7. Since there are no sidewalks along many Maynard streets, many Maynard residents feel unsafe walking their dogs outside the downtown core. A dog park would greatly improve overall safety for both residents and dogs in Maynard by providing a safe place for dogs to exercise without having to fear oncoming traffic.

Thank you for your consideration of this petition.

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