New dog park to get real fire hydrants

Princeton dog park will have official opening in the spring

Princeton’s dog park is open for four-footed use – bipeds welcome – but construction and grooming will not be complete until the spring of 2018.

“We are still working on it,” said Michael Mazurek, director of parks and infrastructure. “We have a few issues with elevation and grade of the landscape. There’s a few little gaps under the fence and we are still in the process of trying to fine tune the signage.”

The $30,000 dog park, located adjacent to Highway 3 near Subway Restaurant, is once of town council’s stated priorities for 2017.

The project is currently on budget, said Mazurek, however it’s likely there will be additional costs in the coming year.

“It looks like we won’t be able to complete everything this year. It’s probably fair to state there will be money included in next year’s budget…These are relatively humble amounts.”

Mazurek said pet owners who are already using the park are happy with the progress so far.

“We are getting nothing but compliments and input that will help us make sure that we will continue to develop it.”

Next year the town will improve the park’s “natural type decor” by adding stumps, logs and possibly a culvert “that dogs can run into as a tunnel.”

As well, two decommissioned fire hydrants and some large tractor tires will be positioned to give puppies plenty of ways to exercise, he said.

“We are not going to be getting plastic or metal toys from a factory.”

The park will eventually also have benches and picnic tables and an official grand opening will take place next spring, said Mazurek.

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