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Hudson dog park is a vote away

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A map of the Hudson dog park. The Common Council is expected to vote on the plans tonight.
August 19, 2019 05:14 pm Updated: August 19, 2019 11:06 pm

HUDSON — Plans for the city’s dog park, which have been underway for more than a decade, are one vote away from reality.

A resolution to create a dog park at the former Foster’s Refrigerators site on North Second Street will be up for vote by the Common Council on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers, 520 Warren St.

“After years of conversation, plans that did not materialize and locations that were deemed problematic, it is exciting that Hudson is very close to this new dog park,” Mayor Rick Rector said Monday.

The plan for installing the dog park in the former Foster’s Refrigerator site received general approval by the people attending a public forum hosted by the mayor last Oct. 15.

The park will be at the rear of the old Fosters Refrigeration facility, which has been recently cleared, cleaned and remediated. The front section, on North Second Street, will be a new trailhead park for the Empire State Trail that is under construction.

“There will be a large open area between the existing parking lot and the trailhead parking lot and the trailhead park that will offer additional green space for the community,” Rector said.

There should be no cost to the taxpayers for construction and, after construction, the dog park will be managed by local volunteers, Rector said.

The dog park is being funded by a group of citizens that has raised more than $14,000 for fencing and amenities. Wooden blocks are being proposed for seating. The committee is also considering adding shade to the dog park.

Once the dog park is approved, construction of the fencing can begin immediately.

On Feb. 19, the Common Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a letter of understanding with the Hudson River Valley Greenway for the trailhead to be developed at the site.

The Hudson Parks Conservancy has been instrumental in working with both the city and the Empire State Trail developers in facilitating the designs and plans, Rector said.

The property is located in the Second Ward. Plans to build a dog park at the Charles Williams Park at the eastern end of Mill Street in the Second Ward were in the works for a decade and were included in the plan for the park. But backlash from several Mill Street residents compelled the city to consider other locations for the park last year.

Second Ward Alderman Dewan Sarowar said he has received no negative comments regarding the new proposal for the park. Sarowar called it a good project.

“People have been asking for a dog park for a long time, and now it is finally time for it to come true,” Sarowar said.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.