Dog Days of Summer Are Back

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Chuck, Bogey, Sierra and Zoe relaxing in the shade after playing hard at the Milford Dog park. Shared By Jessica Malin Daleiden.
Chuck, Bogey, Sierra and Zoe relaxing in the shade after playing hard at the Milford Dog park. Shared By Jessica Malin Daleiden.

Staff Report

The Milford Dog Park, located near the downtown Riverwalk at the corner of Fisher Avenue and Marshall Street, is open again after several months of restoration. The park was closed over the winter to allow the newly installed sod a chance to rejuvenate. Receiving substantial use by pet owners and their four-legged friends this previous fall, the root system in the park did not have the opportunity to establish itself before public use.

“We shut the park down for a few months and then did some other maintenance in the spring, thatching and applying a fertilizer treatment program,” said Milford Parks & Recreation Director Brad Dennehy. “This helped bring the park back to life. The park is open every day from dawn to dusk.”

Dennehy states that residents with dogs seem to really like the park, and he believes that it has become a gathering spot for locals. “You can almost see the same people and their dogs meet at the same time of the day. It’s nice to hear that other people from other towns speak highly of it, as there are not many dog specific parks in the State,” said Dennehy. “I believe it helps to bring people in to town who may not necessarily have come to Milford. Ideally if they stop and get a sandwich or shop somewhere in town then it’s a win for the community as a whole.”

Opening on  November 1, 2014 the Milford Dog Park includes two parks in one with one section for small dogs and another for large dogs. The Parks and Recreation Department will continue to make improvements, as Dennehy states that irrigation in some capacity is a must to keep the grass looking good and that it may be helpful to have an area on each side where dogs can dig in some capacity. He also believes that the Dog Park may be a location where residents and visitors can host events.

“In terms of events, we are always throwing around ideas and give us time we will come up with something,” said Dennehy. “Personally I would like to see some sort of “Yappy Hour” on a Friday evening, where you could turn up with your dog and maybe listen to some music with your friends, then head elsewhere in town for dinner.”

All patrons of gthe Dog Park are expected to follow the full list of park rules which are posted at the park entrance and City of Milford officials urge residents to review the following rules prior to arriving at the park. Dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times outside the fenced area, Owners/Handlers must immediately clean up after their dog(s) and properly dispose of the waste in the Dog-I-Pots containers provided. No smoking or food, human or canine, is allowed inside the fenced park area. All dogs must be healthy, vaccinated, and collared with identification and owners/handlers must remain inside, with leash, within view and control of their dogs at all times. Limit of two dogs per adult, Only flying disc and tennis ball type of toys are permitted within fenced area. Dogs in heat, puppies under 4 months of age and aggressive dogs are prohibited. Elderly large dogs will be allowed in the small dog park area. The Dog Park will be open to the public from dawn to dusk. For any additional information, individuals can contact Milford Parks and Recreation Department at 422-1104 or link to the Parks & Recreation Department at www.cityofmilford.com.

The park is located in close proximity to the Chaney-Wilmont Greenway, located between the Vinyard Shipyard and Goat Island, where the Parks & Recreation Department hopes will eventually include a visitor and nature center off of Marshall Street to offer more opportunities for healthy lifestyles. “Well they say people with dogs are happier and healthier,” said Dennehy. “Any dog owner knows there is nothing like happiness like a dog wanting to go for a walk, so I think anything we can help foster a happy and active community is a good thing.”