Barnstable Accepts $225,000 Donation for Town’s First Dog Park

Photo courtesy of the Committee for Barnstable Dog Parks, Inc.

BARNSTABLE – A new dog park for the Town of Barnstable is one step closer to becoming reality thanks to a nearly quarter of a million dollar donation for the project.

The Town Council voted in June to accept the $225,000.00 gift courtesy of the Stanton Foundation.

The funding, combined with $30,000 from the town’s Dog Park Committee, will allow the town to begin construction on Barnstable’s first off-leash dog park to be located on a one acre parcel of land off of Phinney’s Lane near Hathaway’s Pond.

Barnstable’s Community Services Director Lynne Poyant told Town Councilors that Hathaway’s Pond is a great location for the new park, “There is a conservation trail around the pond right now and it is one of the most highly visited areas with dogs because people are able to walk completely around the pond.”

A ground breaking on the park is expected to take place after Labor Day with construction being handled by PKM Contracting, who were awarded the contract following an open bidding process.

Design plans for the park completed last year include three separate fenced in areas that will separate dogs based on size and breed, and extensive landscaping, as well as a new paved parking area that will accommodate 26 vehicles.

A Barnstable dog park has been in the works for more than a decade, with discussions finally gaining traction and moving toward the design stage following a nearly $25,000 dollar grant, also from the Stanton Foundation in February of 2016.

The Stanton Foundation supports first amendment rights issues, international and nuclear security matters, and canine welfare projects all across the country. The foundation offers funding to cover 100% of design fees and up to 90% of “hard” construction costs under the condition that the municipality involved provides the necessary land, water lines, basic infrastructure, and required maintenance.

Following the completion of the park, basic upkeep will fall to The Barnstable Department of Public Works’ Marine and Environmental Affairs Division and is expected to cost the town between six and ten thousand dollars annually.

By David Beatty, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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