Enfield’s dog park close to being completed

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Nov. 10, 2011
Wolfie received first place in the costume competition held at this year’s Dogtoberfest. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Wolfie received first place in the costume competition held at this year’s Dogtoberfest. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

The third annual Dogtoberfest was held on Oct. 29 to raise money to bring the long-awaited Enfield Dog Park into fruition. “We’re so close you can taste it,” said Enfield Dog Park Committee member Karen Ward. “But, we’re not quite there yet.”

After three years of work, the group has managed to secure a town site, clear the land and put up fencing for the acre-wide property suited for dogs both big and small.

“I think it’s a great idea for Enfield,” said dog owner Wayne. “The times we live in, nobody lets their dogs go anywhere. I think it’s a good thing.”

“I think, to me, it’s always been another way to have more recreation options here in town,” said Mayor Scott Kaupin, who was at the event with his newly-rescued dog, Logan. “For the Town Council, it was the perfect opportunity to support [them].”

“It’s great for dogs to exercise and socialize,” added Wayne.

Katie, who owns Lola the bulldog, agreed. “We don’t have enough room in our house for other dogs,” she said. “The park is good for socialization.”

The property, which is located on Ecology Drive, is wooded and natural. It is off the main road, with very little traffic and few neighboring homes. In the future it will include a dumping area, as well as an area to provide water to for dogs.

Finding the location was where the bulk of the work came for the group, which was told to steer as clear of Enfield’s ground water supply as possible. “A lot of the hurdles were in finding the right location,” said Ward. “Three quarters of Enfield is on an aquifer.” The group eventually found a site that would work, and in addition they were asked to create a water quality plan that will be implemented at the park.

The work is not done yet. “We’re having a problem getting wood chips,” said Ward. The group also is looking for someone who would be willing to bring in farm equipment to rake the property free of large debris and roots. For more information on future events and how you can get involved, visit the website www.enfielddogpark.com.

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