BENNINGTON — With thanks to people responsible and the simultaneous cutting of a blue ribbon by a dozen or so pairs of scissors, the new Bennington Pet Park at Willow Park was declared open on Saturday.
The park is “our community treasure, and one particular that we and our canine companions will appreciate for decades to come,” mentioned Susan Armstrong, 1 of the project’s three founders, in temporary remarks prior to the ribbon-reducing.
Building of the park was funded by $25,000 in personal donations. The town obtained bids on making the chain-url fence, the project’s main price, and furnished the room, a tree-shaded 50 %-acre around Willow Park’s volleyball courts. The new park is visible from Park Street.
Armstrong, Judy Murphy and Nancy Boardman, a longtime 2nd Possibility Animal Middle board member who assisted create the Manchester Puppy Park 12 several years in the past, proposed the concept of a puppy park to Assistant City Supervisor Dan Monks very last summer season. Visits to the Manchester facility supplied tips on fencing, gate placement, total style and design and basic safety.
“All of us owe an monumental many thanks to the Town of Bennington,” Armstrong reported. “We thank Dan Monks, assistant city manager, and his workers — who questioned not to be talked about by title. They took our aspiration and created it materialize. No words could convey our gratitude. You rock!”
Armstrong thanked the project’s significant sponsors, every single of whom, it appears to be, has a canine connection. Lundgren Subaru is “a pet dog-welcoming small business that frequently features lovable canine in their advertising and marketing” Pat Winburn of Winburn Legislation Offices made his pet dog, Alfie, a aspect of his current operate for governor Cindy Thomson and Brooke Thomson Drew of Bennington Lanes and Northside Dairy Bar are doggy lovers and Kathy Hoisington of Hoisington Realty “will be taking pleasure in the pet park with her canine, Bebe.”
Sponsor Dr. Peter Geanellis of the Mount Anthony Animal Hospital “extensive had a aspiration of a canine park,” she included. “His large donation early on and his enthusiasm presented the spark that obtained the fundraising engine working.”
Decide on Board member Tom Haley, who was not current but delivered ready remarks to Armstrong, termed the new park “a boon to Bennington, not only for our existing inhabitants and their canine relations, but as an additional attraction to canine owners who are taking into consideration generating Bennington their household.”
Armstrong pointed out that the puppy park will be self-governing, with all end users expected to abide by the principles, decide on up right after their canines and demonstrate thought for 1 another.
Pet dogs were being not in attendance at Saturday’s event. Organizers created a position of inquiring individuals to depart their canine at home, out of worry that the quantity of attendees and the existence of food stuff could possibly guide to safety problems at the ceremony.