July 5, 12:34 p.m.
During the last Orange Parks and Recreation Meeting the commissioners further discussed plans to bring a dog park to town.
Park & Rec Director Dan Lynch said he’d researched successful dog parks from as far away as Massachusettes and as nearby as Hamden.
Currently, Orange has a small fenced in area at the rear of the Orange Fairgrounds near livestock display building, where residents can unleash their friendly dogs and let them run free and play with other dogs.
Lynch said people sometimes use it — but not that many.
It was noted that dog parks are traditionally very small and not a lot of land is dedicated to them, but it’s all about how it’s fenced in. They agreed that it would be a plus for everyone to have one in town.
The commission wants to incorporate a dog park into the Fred Wolfe Park renovation plan and will bring the idea to the park architect.
Commissioner Jim O’Connor said he lives near Eisenhower Park where Milford has a dog park.
He said Milford sees a lot of police activity, littering, loitering teens and if Orange is to pursue it they need to come up with a good plan for upkeep.
Chairman Joe Lembo said, “At the Hamden dog park, people go and meet there while their dogs play. The upkeep is taken on by dog owners.”
Lembo noted O’Connor’s concerns and acknowledged that all of those things would need attention as the plans progress.