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New dog park planned in Bucks County

County commissioners in Bucks County, Pa., are unanimously in favor of  establishing a dog park at Core Creek Park in Middletown — but  not in agreement over how much it should cost.

While all county commissioners support the concept, one is concerned by the estimated cost, set at $350,000 by county Parks and Recreation director Bill Mitchell.

“That’s way too much money,” said Commissioner Diane Marseglia. “I hope in the future we can have talks about scaling it back. I am completely confused about that cost estimate because the last price I thought I heard was about $100,000 and I thought that was too much.”

The 2.6-acre dog park is planned for near the Tollgate Road entrance of Core Creek Park, next to the 24-hour fishing spot on Lake Luxembourg, according to Phillyburbs.com.

Mitchell said the commissioners could vote to send the project out for bids by mid-September and that it could be finished by the end of the year.

Mitchell said dog park users will have to register and pay a yearly membership fee. The park will include a 2-acre fenced-in area for larger dogs (more than 25 pounds) and a 0.6-acre area for smaller dogs (25 pounds or less).

“When I was young, you could take a dog to an open field and let it run, but with all the development, those open fields are less and less,” said Newtown Township resident Patrick Flanigan, who has helped collect about 1,000 signatures on petitions in support of the dog park.

Comments

Comment from patrica Burke
Time May 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

Bucks county disgusts me that we have soooo many areas just crying out to be ihhabited by our 4 legged frieinds. MIND YOU I AGREE WITH DIANE M..the huge cost? Don’t tell me it for liability and insurance. Iam from oaklihurst & love our new vamped park. DELAWARE PARK IN MIDDLE TOWN TWP. is crying out doggie park. Yes it is now unflooded,cleaned up, full of saplings and daisies. BUT IT LONELY AND HAS NO PURPOSE. I WILL HELP BUILD IT!!!

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