A dedicated committee has been hard at work for six years to bring a dog park to fruition in Richmond. We have received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement that reinforces the committee’s efforts and recommendations that this is a positive project for the community.
The Richmond Town Council has designated a parcel of land off Route 138/Country Acres Road/Richmond Heritage Trail. (Under the water tower). To develop a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog-lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park’s rules and restrictions.
Phase 1 consists of fencing and it will need to be installed. Bids will be going out soon per Karen Pinch, the town administrator. There will be both a large and small dog areas. Once this is completed the park will be official with a big ribbon-cutting ceremony and then it will be opened to the public. Hopefully by July!
During Phase 2, on tap for summer, the picnic tables, benches and poop station disposal from the “unofficial” dog park on Buttonwoods Road (near the transfer station) will be brought in. Our wish list consists of a covered pavilion for each area and maybe even new agility equipment and a fitness track. Donations and sponsorships are currently being accepted to make these additions to the park possible. We are also selling memorial bricks.
When it is all done it will be a great place for dogs, their owners and dog-lovers to congregate, socialize and exercise. We are excited o transform this unused, unmanicured piece of property and make it something the dog-lover community can use and be proud of.
We would like to thank our Richmond Town Council, Town Administrator Karen Pinch, Town Planner Juliana Berry and head of the Department of Public Works Scott Barber for all your help in making this dream a reality.
The writer is a member of the Richmond Dog Park Committee.