PAWTUCKET – As a response to advocacy and support from those in the Fairlawn neighborhood, city officials say they’ve decided to move forward with a proposal for a dog park at Veterans Memorial Park.

After being approached by Marlena Martins Stachowiak, the city has begun to analyze the possibility for a dog park adjacent to the park’s pool, said Mayor Donald Grebien in a release this week.

“We are always working to provide the resources and services our community needs and wants,” said Grebien. “A dog park in this location makes sense with how often Pawtucket families visit the park. We appreciate that a lot of time and hard work went into advocating for this dog park and are excited that we will be moving forward with this opportunity.”

Community leaders had provided a petition and canvassed the surrounding neighborhood to gauge interest in a new facility next to the existing structure. Pawtucket engineering has worked to determine the feasibility of the location as a new dog park, according to the mayor.

The design phase of the park will begin this winter, with groundbreaking anticipated next spring.

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