Dogs may soon have a place to run free in West Bridgewater.
The town recently hired a landscape architectural firm to prepare final designs, bid specifications, and artistic renderings of the park, which the town plans to place on an approximately quarter-acre site at 65 North Main St., according to assistant town manager Mallory Aronstein.
She said the town plans to seek bids from contractors late this month or early October, with hopes that the park could be open by late fall or early next spring.
Located next to St. Ann’s Church and West Bridgewater’s rail trail, the park will be a fenced-in area where dogs could run off leash, and include a spash pad and water fountain for use by the dogs.
Open to residents and nonresidents alike, the park will be maintained by the town’s Forestry and Parks Department with potential help from a Friends group the town hopes to create.
The Stanton Foundation, through its dog park grant program, has agreed to pay for 90 percent of the estimated $100,000 cost of building the dog park.
A special Town Meeting in 2015 authorized the town to cover the remaining 10 percent.John Laidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.