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Woburn receives grant to design dog park

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Woburn’s plan to create a dog park is picking up steam after a recent grant award to support the project. The Stanton Foundation is providing the city $7,800 to prepare a final design of the park, which would be located at Ferullo Field on Main Street. Woburn joins nearly 30 other Massachusetts communities that have been awarded funds under the nonprofit foundation’s dog park grant program. Mayor Scott D. Galvin and City Council President Richard M. Haggerty are spearheading the Woburn initiative, with support from the full City Council and the Recreation Commission. Officials said the project has been spurred by frequent requests by local dog owners for a dedicated off-leash area for their pets. The approximately 10,000-square-foot dog park would be located behind the left field fence at Ferullo Field, a city baseball field. The park would include two separate fenced areas — for large dogs and small dogs — along with natural and toy play features, trash receptacles, water fountains, benches, and shaded areas. The city plans to contract shortly with a landscape architectural firm to prepare the design. Once it is approved by the city and the foundation, Woburn will be eligible to seek an additional grant from the foundation to cover 90 percent of the project’s estimated $80,000 construction cost. If the plan goes forward, the park could be open by the fall of 2018.

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.
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