Amherst Town Council asked staff to start reviewing all aspects of establishing a dog park.
Staff provided information to Council on criteria that should be considered prior to proceeding with a dog park. This include the need for adequate fencing, benches, signage, and waste disposal containers.
Amherst Town Council directed staff to continue researching location and costs related to a dog park in Amherst and prepare a report for consideration in 2014 capital budget planning.
Staff provided information to Council on the costs and operational issues for dog parks in other communities.
The Amherst Recreation Master Plan Report identified the Robb complex as a suitable location for an off-lease dog park.
Council asked staff to proceed with a feasibility study on an off-leash dog park.
In January, 2017, Council asked staff to get public input on developing, maintaining, and operating an off-leash dog park in Amherst. At each public meeting, community members were asked for input on six potential locations and a code of conduct. Three public meetings were held, with one during the day and two in the evening:
As a result of the feasibility study and community consultations, several options were presented to Council for consideration, along with environmental and financial implications. At the Sept. 28, 2017 meeting, Council asked staff to investigate the scope of work required to create, as a pilot project, an off-leash dog park within one of the ballfields of Robb’s Park.
On reviewing information provided by staff, Council decided to proceed with a pilot project off-leash dog park at Robb’s Park. This location provides relatively low cost, reversible opportunity to better determine if, how, and where such a facility might be provided on a more permanent basis.
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