Dog Park group worked with clubs
To the Editor:
I was pleased to see from Sue Cross’ letter in the June 27 issue of The Citizen that the anti-dog park sentiment experienced over the past several months had nothing to do with basketball as the petition our state representative helped to craft would have the voters believe. Rather, it seems to have been caused by indignation at the thought of moving a portion of the snowmobile trail seventy feet.
For the record, that suggestion was made by the selectmen during early discussions of the proposed facility and discussed with snowmobile club officials prior to any design work. During a planning board site visit after the design was submitted, the snowmobile representatives asked the town manager if the trail could be moved even farther away to take advantage of higher ground to solve a continual spring problem with a wet area. They were told that their suggestion would be fine with the town.
So, while the Dog Park Committee worked with the clubs from the beginning to seek a mutually agreeable layout, the committee’s major mistake was apparently a failure to confirm all conversations with the club officials’ wives and sisters. Lesson learned.