Dogs need space for recreation, according to Ed View, of Mohawk, and he is working on a project to provide space for just that.
View is hoping to establish a dog park.
“I’ve been working on this for two years,” he said. He described a dog park as a dog recreation area. “It would be a confined area, about 100 by 150 feet, fenced in, where dogs and owners can go and enjoy camaraderie with other dogs and their owners. The dogs run free.” The area would be covered with stone dust — there would be no grass — and dog owners would be expected to clean up after their own pets.
A fenced-in safety area at one end of the enclosure would ensure dogs do not escape as they are entering or leaving the park.
Dog parks generally include water for the dogs, receptacles for clean-up, benches and shady areas, according to online sources.
View said he has been working with a non-profit group in the town of Little Falls, which he declined to name at this time, in hopes of establishing such a park in a rural area. Establishing a park away from a populated area may alleviate some concerns, he said.
While some people have asked if the dogs would fight when they are loose in the park, View said he has not seen that in the parks he has visited. “When they’re tied up on a leash they’re more apt to fight,” he said.
He said there are two dog parks in Oneida County — one in New Hartford and one in Rome — but none in Herkimer County.
“Dogs need recreation,” said View. “They’re not toys just to sit around in our houses; they’re living things.”
View is currently seeking donations for the project. “We need 500 feet of four-foot fence plus posts and gates,” he said. Anyone wishing to help may contact him at 866-5271 or 794-6587.