Skaneateles: Dog park on the horizon?

Do you want to let your dog run and play but don't have a designated area in Skaneateles for him or her to do so outside of your own backyard? Neither do your neighbors.

But, there's a possibility that the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees will consider such a place following some research by a new committee formed. On Monday Dec. 28, Trustee Sue Jones volunteered to take on the task of getting a committee together to look into what the village would need to do if the board chose to put in a community dog park.

"I believe the proposal has merit and deserves a thorough hearing and consideration," Jones said. "I am a dog owner and have seen dog parks work well in other areas."

The proposal, a petition started by resident Terry Hickey, was signed by many in the community. In moving forward, Jones said she would ask many of the residents who signed to be part of the research team.

"I will pull in many of the signers of the petition, especially Terry Hickey, who is a village resident who helped to come up with the idea and worked to move the petition around town. I will also seek input from all of the trustees," Jones said. "We will also consult with Matt Major [director of the Skaneateles Community Center] and any other interested folks. We would never move ahead on a project like this without looking into any liability issues, so the village attorney [Michael Byrne] will be involved."

While there is no time limit for the committee, Jones said they will research other dog parks for as long as it takes to do a good job. But, while it cannot drag on for months, no building could take place until spring, giving the committee some time to do its work.

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