Plans underway for Clear River Drive dog park

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BURRILLVILLE – Dog owners in town will soon have a new place to let their pets socialize and roam thanks, in part, to a $100,000 state grant slated to finance a new dog park.

The park will be located on Clear River Drive, just south of the town’s animal shelter and water treatment plant, and will include separate areas for large and small dogs, and space for 24 cars.

Plans for the park are currently in the design and permitting stage, and according to Department of Public Works Director Jeff McCormick, construction is expected to begin this fall.

Town officials have been discussing the initiative to create a park for years at the urging of a former member of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

“This is something that was started with the DPW director and the recreation director a couple of years ago,” explained Town Planner Raymond Goff.

Earlier this year, Goff applied for money to finance the project, and recently, Burrillville officials were notified they had won a $100,000 DEM open space recreation grant.

The rules and regulations that will govern the facility are still in the works.

The design must also still gain approval from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, but plans assembled by Providence-based engineering firm CDR MacGuire Inc. show a 10-foot-wide gravel access road running from the shelter to an area that takes up less than 1/4 of the 44 acre lot. A six-foot-high chain link fence would surround the dog area, and the park would include a container for waste disposal.

Construction of the park will be completed in house by DPW employees, and the town must provide around $25,000 in matching funds. Goff said that the money should be adequate to fully fund the project.