Will Watkins get a new dog park?
Watkins Glen resident Barbara Cook has proposed that a new dog park be developed at the Tank beach area (near Clute Park) in Watkins Glen. So far, the response she has received from a number of area dog owners about creating a park here has been pretty enthusiastic.
Cook thinks the dog park could also help promote tourism to the area, by attracting more dog owners who travel with their dogs, rather than leaving them at home or placing them in a kennel. Many dog owners are willing to travel an extra distance to accommodate their dogs, she said.
The dog park will be completely fenced in and will have two gates.
The care of the dogs will be the owner’s responsibility. Owners will also be in charge of cleaning up any messes their dogs make while in the park. However, she does have a list of volunteers who would be willing to clean up if an owner fails to do so.
Cargill and Wegmans have already agreed to donate bags to clean these messes up. All Cook would need from the village is an extra garbage can by the entrance, for owners and volunteers to dispose of the bags.
She has consulted with the Watkins Glen Village Board about this proposed idea. Mayor Judy Phillips said it was “an interesting concept, worth looking into.”
Cook said she already has about 60 names of volunteers from Watkins Glen and Hammondsport who will be willing to help with the park. The beginning stages will take some work, but anyone interested in helping out can call Cook at 607-535-9398.
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