By Nick Barry
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Parks and Recreation Department unveiled revised designs for the City’s first dog park, which will be located off Dudley Road in Farm Pond Park South.
It will be divided into two main areas: one for small dogs and one for large dogs.
The park will have various amenities to help both dogs and owners, as it will include shade structures, benches, handicap accessible water stations, and even agility courses with equipment such as teeter totters, balance beams, weave polls, and hoops. To help owners keep their precious pooches safe and focused, the park will also include a five-inch chain link fence and a double gated entrance at both the large and small dog areas.
The designs will be finalized by mid to late July.
Framingham Parks and Recreation deputy director Thomas Begin said the earliest the park would be open, based on the construction schedule, would be in the Spring of 2022.
The idea of Framingham having a dog park began in 2013 lead by the resident group FramBARK.
Shannon Stevens, founder of FramBARK, who is now one of five Parks & Recreation Commission said she was “blown away” by the designs presented.
The total cost of the park will be around $262,000, and the Department of Parks and Recreation hopes that the majority of these costs will be covered by donations from the Stanton Foundation and a Community Development Block grant in the year 2022.
Nicholas “Nick” Barry is a student at Westfield State University but lives in Framingham. Nick is an English Major that is focusing on writing, but he is currently finishing up his second major in Ethnic Studies. Although he is unsure of what the future will hold, he wants to do work related to journalism or solving important social issues. This is his second time interning with SOURCE.