Northborough awarded $25,000 grant for dog park

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Northborough awarded $25,000 grant for dog park
This rendering of the Northborough dog park was presented to community members in January. (Screenshot/Northborough Remote Meetings)

NORTHBOROUGH – Northborough has received a grant for its proposed dog park.

According to Town Administrator John Coderre, the $25,000 grant through the Stanton Foundation will go toward finishing the development of the design of the park.

The Board of Selectmen accepted the grant during their Feb. 13 meeting. 

The proposed dog park would be located off Boundary Street on land that the town had purchased in the 1960s to build a sanitary sewer treatment plant. The selectmen approved this location in December. 

In January, town staff and its consultants presented more detailed plans to residents. So far, the plans call for a small and large dog area with a pavilion in between. The areas combined would make up 1.2 acres that would be fenced in with a five-foot chain link fence. 

Coderre said the town is hoping that the Stanton Foundation would be a source of upwards of several $100,000 in grant funds for the dog park.

“Generally speaking, if they give you this smaller grant to move forward with the design, it means they’re very interested in funding the next round as well,” said Coderre. 

Moving forward, the Planning Department and Department of Public Works will work on the full design of the dog park. 

During the community meeting, staff and consultants presented several potential amenities for the site, including agility equipment, leash posts, a waste station and a water filling station.

At that time, staff said that final design and permitting may occur over the summer with – weather permitting – construction beginning in the early fall.

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