Bethel Dog Park
To the editor:
Here are facts pertaining to the Bethel Dog Park. Our committee has worked faithfully bi-monthly on it. We resolved the issue of us making a new snowmobilers' path.
Over a month ago, out of nowhere, suddenly people want to pull the rug out from under us to use the land we worked hard for a basketball court. They want our cake and eat it too. They could build next to the approved Dog Park site. Everyone could be happy that way.
Having the Bethel Dog Park would in bring in more tourists, and surely attract dog lovers to settle in homes in Bethel. Our real-estate economy could thrive again.
For Bethel, the proof of the pudding is the success of several local dog-related businesses. They opened in the last three years. Dogs these days have become important members of families. People go without so that their dog is properly taken care of. If I ever moved, having a dog park nearby would be a top priority.
Dogs need one another in a fenced-in, safe environment which is perfect for them, the dog parents and for everybody to see. Dog parks provide hoots and hollers watching their canine antics.
The Bethel Dog Park is self-supporting. It would not cost the taxpayers anything. We’ve been unable to go after grants and donations for a year without a permanent place to build it. We’ve been offered free labor to build it as well as playground chips.
Please do not believe the negative petition against the Bethel Dog Park. It isn't so. There is enough dry land after our land to create a basketball court. It needn’t be an either/or issue. Please join us. Please ignore the negative petition which must go as is on the June agenda. Please consider voting pro-dog park. Here are some dog park facts:
Boston Common, the oldest park in the nation, will soon have a dog park.
Portland, Oregon, is opening its thirty-third off-leash area.
Even the little island of Maui opened its first dog park this year.
Norway, Maine, has plans to open an animal shelter and a dog park when they’ve raised enough money through donations.
I understand that a basketball court seems like mother’s milk and homemade apple pie. However, the one reason for voting it down our site is MONEY!
Why must Bethel citizens have to waste fuel to travel far and wide to the nearest dog park when we can bring in plenty of business by having one here?
Judith Price Diamond