Woman proposes dog park in Portsmouth

A Portsmouth woman would like to see an off-leash dog park, similar to one pictured here in Barrington, established in town. A Portsmouth woman would like to see an off-leash dog park, similar to one pictured here in Barrington, established in town.

A Portsmouth woman would like to see an off-leash dog park, similar to one pictured here in Barrington, established in town.

A Portsmouth woman would like to see an off-leash dog park, similar to one pictured here in Barrington, established in town.

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday night will consider a proposal from a local woman to establish an off-leash dog park in town.

In a recent letter to the council, Caroline “Bunny” Miller said having a “designated place for dog owners to exercise their pets and form a social network at the same time is a win-win activity that is sure to enhance the desirability of the Town of Portsmouth as a lace to live and raise families, as well as to retire and enjoy life.”

Ms. Miller offered to work toward establishing the park through the following steps:

• Gather a committee of interested residents

• Seek several possible sites on town-owned land

• Research the design of similar parks in other New England communities

• Secure cost estimates for fencing, benches, etc.

• Explore ways to privately fund the cost of preparing the park

• Assess possible ongoing costs/liabilities to the town

• Develop rules and guidelines for the use of the park

Ms. Miller said it’s important to her that something positive come out of a sad situation: the recent loss of her small pet dog, Oscar. The dog was attacked and killed recently by a neighbor’s dog that had been running loose, she stated in the letter.

“Before Oscar’s vision failed, he loved romping with other dogs at the Newport Off-Leash Dog Park on Connell Highway,” she said.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Town Hall.

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