October 16, 2021

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Bennington Pet dog Park, a ‘community treasure,’ opens | Community News

BENNINGTON — With thanks to those people responsible and the simultaneous cutting of a blue ribbon by a dozen or so pairs of scissors, the new Bennington Doggy Park at Willow Park was declared open up on Saturday.

The park is “our community treasure, and a single that we and our canine companions will love for years to come,” claimed Susan Armstrong, one of the project’s a few founders, in quick remarks prior to the ribbon-slicing. 

Development of the park was funded by way of $25,000 in personal donations. The town obtained bids on building the chain-connection fence, the project’s key price tag, and provided the area, a tree-shaded fifty percent-acre near Willow Park’s volleyball courts. The new park is seen from Park Street.

Armstrong, Judy Murphy and Nancy Boardman, a longtime 2nd Prospect Animal Centre board member who served develop the Manchester Dog Park 12 a long time back, proposed the thought of a canine park to Assistant Town Supervisor Dan Monks final summer. Visits to the Manchester facility offered suggestions on fencing, gate placement, general layout and security. 

“All of us owe an enormous thanks to the City of Bennington,” Armstrong claimed. “We thank Dan Monks, assistant town manager, and his team — who requested not to be pointed out by title. They took our dream and made it occur. No words and phrases could categorical our gratitude. You rock!”

Armstrong thanked the project’s major sponsors, each of whom, it appears, has a canine relationship. Lundgren Subaru is “a puppy-pleasant company that typically attributes sweet canine in their advertising” Pat Winburn of Winburn Regulation Places of work designed his doggy, Alfie, a portion of his latest run for governor Cindy Thomson and Brooke Thomson Drew of Bennington Lanes and Northside Dairy Bar are pet dog enthusiasts and Kathy Hoisington of Hoisington Realty “will be enjoying the pet dog park with her dog, Bebe.”

Sponsor Dr. Peter Geanellis of the Mount Anthony Animal Hospital “long experienced a desire of a dog park,” she additional. “His substantial donation early on and his enthusiasm offered the spark that received the fundraising motor managing.”

Select Board member Tom Haley, who was not existing but supplied geared up remarks to Armstrong, referred to as the new park “a boon to Bennington, not only for our existing citizens and their canine relations, but as an added attraction to dog homeowners who are thinking of generating Bennington their dwelling.”

Armstrong famous that the canine park will be self-governing, with all consumers expected to adhere to the procedures, decide on up after their canine and exhibit thought for a person another.

Canines have been not in attendance at Saturday’s function. Organizers built a stage of asking individuals to leave their canines at home, out of concern that the number of attendees and the presence of foods may possibly direct to security challenges at the ceremony.