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June 18, 2014

Dog park to come to Cliff Haven

Plans are in the works to open up a dog park to Town of Plattsburgh residents at the Cliff Haven Recreation Park on Lake Shore Road.

Melanie Defayette, Town of Plattsburgh youth services and recreation director, hatched the idea about two years ago.

Since she first put the idea out to a few residents, the initiative has gained a lot of support, she said.

"We have a rather large community in Cliff Haven with a large number of dogs," Defayette said. "They need open space and lots of people bring them to the park."

She hopes thinks a project would help to add a safety factor to the park, especially if owners want to let their dogs run off leash. Also, a safe space would allow the owners to socialize while their dogs play.

Though the project is still in the thinking stages, Defayette is actively looking for grants fundraise. 

"The first step is to get some pricing on the fencing," she said.

The dog park would be a fenced off area located behind the playground and the Cliff Haven Park Building.

"I'm hoping there will be a lot of buy-in from the community to maintain it, police it, and adopt it," Defayette said.

The project already has support from the Town of Plattsburgh Board, and in particular from Councilperson Michael Cashman.

Cashman jumped on board as soon as he was elected last November, and has researched dog parks in other townships.

"Dog parks really need to gain community support," Cashman said. "Hopefully in the coming weeks, months and years, we can extend the community group to help further implementation.

"Success would be helped by starting small and building over time."

Cashman said the Board's roles in the project include helping to advise, identifying resources, and designing and implementing rules. These rules would aim to ensure that dogs who use the park belong to residents and are vaccinated.

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