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FRAMINGHAM – Seven years in the making, the City of Framingham held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its first-ever dog park.

The event was attended by Shannon Stevens, founder of FramBark, an organization that pushed for the park. Several members of the FramBark Board were also in attendance.

City Council Chair Phil Ottaviani, District 4 City Councilor Michael Cannon, District 8 City Councilor John Stefanini, District 7 City Councilor Leora Mallach, District 3 City Councilor Adam Steiner, and District 5 City Councilor Noval Alexander attended the 10 a.m. ceremony, as did State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis and School Committee Chair Priscila Sousa.

Four of the five Parks & Recreation Commissioners, including Stevens, were also in attendance as Parks & Recreation Director James Snyder welcomed the small crowd to the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Speakers included Snyder, Ottaviani, Stevens and Mary Kate Feeney.

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After the ceremony, the dogs and their owners got to enjoy the park and also to attend the dog fair sponsored by FramBark along the shore of Fram Pond.

Framingham Police K9 Isco unit made his public debut at the event. Isco and his handler, Officer Matt Mangano, just completed the Patrol K9 Handlers Course held at the Boston Police K9 Academy and next month will attend a Narcotics detection class.


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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.