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FRAMINGHAM – A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, July 16 for the City of Framingham’s first-ever dog park.

The City of Framingham’s Parks & Recreation Department and FramBark, the local organization that advocated for the creation of the park is hosting a grand opening celebration event during the Dog Days of Summer.

The event will feature local pet businesses.

The City of Framingham broke ground on its first-ever dog park in February of 2022.

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Framingham Parks & Recreation is overseeing the constructing about a 24,000 square foot dog park at Farm Pond Park adjacent to the City’s first-ever skate park.

The park will have a space for both small and large dogs, near Loring Arena and Barbieri Elementary School, off Dudley Road.

Already installed are water stations, benches, and agility equipment for small and large dogs already installed.

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The dog park is the brainchild of the community organization FramBark, founded by Shannon Stevens.

A majority of the park project is funded through a grant by the Stanton Foundation.

The City received a design grant of about $25,000 and another construction grant of about $225,000.. The two grants cover about 90% of the cost of the new park. The total cost of the project is about $262,000.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.