Following a meeting with members of the Coventry Town Council on Tuesday night, Coventry Dog Park organizer Lisa Finneran was pleased to announce that the town has confirmed a location for residents to safely (and legally) bring their dogs for some off-leash fun.
The park will be established behind what is now called the Coventry Town Hall Annex, at 1675 Flat River Rd. (formerly Washington Oak Elementary School.) Town officials will allow Finneran and members of the Coventry Dog Park Association to utilize the entire first field behind the school that stretches into a wooded area.
The location is ideal for the dog park as it is already partially fenced (more fencing will be installed to allow small and large dogs to have separate enclosures), there are already benches at the location, it does not need to be cleared and there is already grass present. Dog owners will also be allowed to utilize the portable toilets that are on-site for baseball teams to use from April through October.
"This is absolutely the best situation that we could have asked for," said Finneran. "I'm thrilled that it worked out so well and the decision was made so quickly. It took less than a month to secure the land!"
With the park's location confirmed, Finneran plans to continue setting up a non-profit organization for donations and will begin organizing a dog park committee. Fund-raising opportunities will be planned in order to purchase supplies and materials needed to complete the park.
"It's just a matter of starting the planning and organizing," she said. "We've had a lot of interested parties come forward wanting to help including some landscapers and a professional fundraiser."
"We will start getting some estimates for what we need and then start fund-raising," Finneran continued. "I'm just so excited about the property and I think it's going to work out fabulously!"
If you would like information about donating or volunteering at the park or to submit comments or suggestions, Lisa can be reached at Lfinneran12@gmail.com.