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MALDEN, MELROSE

Dog park opens in Pine Banks Park

The new dog park at Pine Banks Park.
The new dog park at Pine Banks Park. City of Malden

Malden and Melrose officials recently celebrated the opening of a new dog park within Pine Banks Park on Main Street.

With the opening of the dog park, located in Melrose, there are now three places for dogs to run freely in the two cities.

Malden has an existing dog park next to Trafton Park on Granite Street, while Melrose has one at Ell Pond on the Lynn Fells Parkway.

Pine Banks Park is a 107.5-acre area that stretches into Malden and Melrose and includes two synthetic multi-sport fields, three natural grass fields, several picnic areas, a pond, a playground, and wooded hiking trails.

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Former Malden mayor Elisha S. Converse left the park to the cities when he died in 1905. Mayors Gary Christenson of Malden and Gail Infurna of Melrose, Malden City Council President Debbie DeMaria, and members of the board of trustees of the nonprofit foundation that manages the park for the two cities joined in a recent ceremony celebrating the opening of the dog park.

Open from sunrise to sunset, the 40,000-square-foot park provides designated areas for large and small dogs, all of whom must wear a municipal license and rabies vaccination tag. Owners are required to clean up after their pets and to monitor them when in the park.

The $600,000 project was funded with the help of tax exempt financing to the Pine Banks Park Foundation, and a grant from the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation. Most of the cost went to clearing trees and removing contaminants.

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