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Ti's new park goes to the dogs

TICONDEROGA - Rover, Red Rover, please come over!

Dogs and their owners will soon have an open invitation to come play and exercise at the new Ticonderoga Dog Park.

The canine playground, located on Lord Howe Street just north of Lake George along the LaChute River, is under construction. It's expected to open Sunday, Sept. 12.

"It's a perfect spot," said Lynda Mackey, who led the effort to create a dog park. "There are a lot of people who are anxious to use this park. It's a great setting."

There is a need for a dog park in Ticonderoga, Mackey explained. Many people have small yards that don't provide enough space for dogs. There are also visitors to the the community who need a place to exercise their pets, she said.

Mackey, a dog owner and enthusiast, approached the town board two years ago with the idea of a dog park. The town leaders gave her permission to use the land and she secured donations of materials and money.

Mackey, Ed Vosburg and Jerry Reed have been working this summer preparing the land. They work almost every evening 6-8:30.

"Dogs need a place to get out to run and play," Vosburg said. "I think this is a great idea."

He noted volunteers are welcome.

"There's plenty to do to get ready," Vosburg said. "People don't need any special skills to help out."

Mackey said the final item, fencing, will be installed at the two-acre site Sept. 11 and 12. The park will be open as soon as the fence is completed.

Once complete, a sign listing park rules will be placed near the gate. There will be off-street parking and the park will be maintained by the town. It will be open year-round.

"We'll ask everyone to clean up after their pet, that's the big rule," Mackey said as her English Setters Jiggs and Maggie romped about. "Other than that, we hope everyone has fun with their dog."

Mackey is already thinking about expanding the park by creating a separate small-dog area.

"If there are small-dog owners interested in a separate area, we'll address it," she said.

To support and maintain the park, Mackey has established a Ticonderoga Dog Park fund. People can support the effort by sending checks to the Ticonderoga Dog Park care of Mackey at 23 Wayne Avenue, Ticonderoga 12883.

For more information on the Ticonderoga Dog Park contact Mackey at 585-3578 or Email ticonderogadogpark@gmail.com.

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