As Chair of the Uxbridge Dog Park Advisory Committee, I want to congratulate, and thank, the Mayor and Council of the Township of Uxbridge for fulfilling their commitment to build a leash-free dog park for our community.
As of November 1st, the dog park is open, and has already been used by many Uxbridge dogs and their owners. It is a safe space for dog owners to let their canine companions run and play off-leash, and to socialize with other dogs, while owners socialize with each other.
A walking track, of approximately 230 meters, has been created to encourage owners to walk while their dogs play.
The field, approximately 2 acres, just south of the Museum at the corner of Brock and the Sixth Concession, was made available by the Township. It is big, conveniently located and boasts to best views in town.
The dog park would not have been possible without the generosity and great civic spirit of: Hayes Landscaping, which put in the entrance way and the walking path; Uxbridge Tree Service, which provided logs for benches; Scugog Rentals for the use of equipment; and Pet Value, for trash bags and a dispenser. These companies donated valuable time and expert service to make the park a reality.
There is still a lot of work to be done. We plan to install log benches, in four rest areas, one of which will eventually have a covered shelter. In the spring, the ground will be aerated and over-seeded to improve the grass cover. To provide much needed shade, pet owners will have an opportunity to donate trees, in memory of beloved pets. The public will also have an opportunity to make charitable donations to the Township, to help build the shelter and other enhancements in future years.
The Dog Park Advisory Committee welcomes suggestions on how the park can be improved. Just write or email the committee via the Township and share your ideas.
I would like to publicly thank members of the Dog Park Advisory Committee: Deputy Mayor Pat Molloy, Debbie Leroux and Bob Ferguson of the Township, and Deirdre Gibson and David Richardson from the community, for dedicating a huge amount of time and energy to establish this great amenity for the community.
See you at the dog park.
Tony Lauria, Chair
Uxbridge Dog Park Advisory Committee
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