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When Will The Dog Park Open in Melrose?

The Park Commission approved the creation of a dog park at the East Knoll next to Ell Pond.

When Will The Dog Park Open in Melrose?

You Ask, Patch Answers is a new weekly column for Melrosians who have questions about something they've spotted around the city or wondered about.

This week, Tina asked on our Facebook Page, "Any inside information on the possibility of a dog park?"

Last Monday, the Park Commission approved a dog park at , adjacent to Ell Pond. You can see the location in the attached photo, provided by Greg Penta and Ellen Steward of the Melrose Dog Society, which formed three years ago to advocate for an off-leash park somewhere in the city.

In a note sent to the group's members last week, Melrose Dog Society President Penta said that the final design will be tweaked in the coming weeks, establishing the exact size and layout.

Proposed hours and rules haven't been established yet—the Dog Society will go back to the Park Commission in early May to hash those out.

Also, the Melrose Board of Aldermen will need to amend the city's leash ordinance to allow off-leash use in the park. Three years ago, the aldermen told the group that if they found a location, they'd change the ordinance. Penta said in his note that the group hopes to go before the aldermen in May.

"After the final approvals, we hope to start construction this spring or early summer," Penta wrote.

In his press conference on the fiscal 2013 budget,

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