Strasburg, nonprofit to finalize dog park plans

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

STRASBURG — The years-long effort to bring a dog park to Strasburg is expected to pay off this summer.

Members of the Strasburg Dog Park Group, a nonprofit formed in 2012, discussed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the town’s Recreation, Parks and Trails Committee during a meeting on Monday.

Town Councilwoman and committee member Jocelyn Vena said both sides agreed on parts of the document that need to be reworded or better specified, including the size of the park’s gates and where signs should be placed.

“We worked out a few things after the Town Manager looked at it,” Vena said. “We have an idea of what kind of issues we want to put on signs. We have liability for dogs getting into it with other dogs.”

The park will consist of two fenced-off areas of the Strasburg Town Park. One 23,500-square-foot area will be for large dogs, while a second area for small dogs will be 10,000 square feet.

According to Town Manager Ryan Spitzer, Town Council will review the MOU on Feb. 6 and vote on it during its regular meeting on Feb. 14. If the MOU is approved, construction should start in the spring, Spitzer said.

The MOU mandates that the park be completed by June 1, he said.

The dog group has raised $8,000 for the fencing, which volunteers will install, Vena said.

Calls to Margaret Harris, the group’s vice president, were not returned on Tuesday.

The MOU was initially drafted in 2014. Fundraising difficulties, leadership turnover and a lack of volunteers at the nonprofit have slowed the planning process, Vena said.

She hopes that the park comes to fruition this year because of the demand for it in town.

“I think there are more dogs than people,” she said. “Everyone goes to the one [dog park] in Warren County because there are none in this area.”

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