To The Editor,
There is soil and debris left, scattered and piled around, from when they installed the walkway.
The original stones, sticks, thistles, etc. are still there, and no attempt has been made to remove the debris and weeds.
The only grass that is there, is twitch grass, that grew on its own, and is not good for dogs running through it.
People that are going to the park have no idea about the dangers, or ignore them, because there is no other place to bring their dogs in Uxbridge.
I have gone once with my dogs, to investigate the progress being made, but kept my dogs on their leash for their safety.
I regularly visit other dog parks in Durham region and York region, and the Uxbridge park is shameful.
It's a real testament of our Parks and Recreation staff and management, seeing this unsafe and unfinished dog park opened.
I have written to the mayor, councillors, staff, and the off leash dog park committee, about the unsafe conditions when the park was being constructed. Also, I outlined, in detail, how to fix the problems, as I have worked in the industry for over 30 years, and offered my services voluntarily.
I never was contacted, but their responses were "this is as good as its going to get".
The dog park has been grass seeded twice, with little to no improvement. The soil was never sampled when moved from the excavation of the firehall or the museum land sites. It makes you wonder why the grass seed won't grow, outside of the debris on the top layer of soil, as this has been one of the best growing seasons in years.
If cost is an issue, I suggested inviting the Bonner Boyz, Uxperience or the Optimist Club to help, with these groups professionalism in charity work, as well as getting things completed well. That suggestion was ignored.
Since being stonewalled by all parties involved with the Uxbridge Off Leash Dog Park, I have come to realize that many people in the Township have little knowledge of constructing a proper grassed field.
I also discovered, for the population and size of Uxbridge, the Uxbridge Township Parks and Recreation Department has a general manager and a director.
Wow, how lucky we are, many CITIES don't even have that. Hmm, maybe some of that money could have gone to the barebones dog park?
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