Pups get their own place

Colonie to construct two town dog parks, spurred by public interest

— Dogs in the Town of Colonie will soon have their own spot to frolic.

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan on Wednesday, July 31, announced the town is constructing two dog parks, with one at the Colonie Mohawk River Park and the other on town property adjacent to the Colonie Town Golf Course.

“Many residents have asked to have dog parks in the town, and I am very pleased to announce that we are planning to create two parks for town dog owners,” Mahan said in a statement. “I am also pleased that through public-private cooperation, we will be able to provide the parks at no additional cost to our residents.”

The dog parks will provide a place for canines to run unleashed within a fenced-in area. There will be a covered shelter for dog owners to stay dry and avoid the elements. Each park will also have two separated fenced enclosures, with a larger area for bigger dogs and another for smaller dogs.

“The idea is that you don’t have small dogs kind of being frightened or intimidated by the bigger dogs,” Sara Wiest, town spokeswoman, said.

The dog parks will be developed with donated material and built by town employees. Clough Harbour & Associates donated engineering work for the parks and Waste Connections will be providing fencing for the Mohawk River Park location, with a fencing donation to be finalized for the second park.

“In the pre-planning stage, we looked at dog parks in other municipalities and surrounding municipalities to see what is required and how they operate,” Wiest said. “It seems certainly like a doable project, and we have parcels that we think will lend them very well to those parks.”

Residents interested in using the dog parks will be required to register their dogs with the town clerk and pay an annual fee, which Wiest said has not been determined. She said fees at other municipalities tend to be around $30 to $35 annually.

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