About

The Stratford Dog Park Action Committee

Who we are…

An organization of dog owners and residents who would love to see a dog park in Stratford.

The Stratford Dog Park Action Committee is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. Financial information is made available to the public, upon written request to stratforddogpark@gmail.com.

What is a dog park…

A dog park is a facility set aside for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners.

What are the benefits…

Dog parks provide a community setting in which people and pets can gather and socialize.  Dog Parks promote responsible pet ownership, allow dogs to exercise safely, and allow like-minded individuals a great place to meet other dog owners and members of the community. It also provides seniors and disabled residents with an accessible place to exercise their companions.

What other municipalities currently have one…

Shelton, Bridgeport, Milford, Fairfield, Trumbull, Westport, Hamden, Enfield, New Canaan, and several dozen other Towns and Cities in CT (as well as across the country) have dog parks.

What do dog parks require…

Dog parks are typically 1.5 to 2 acres, are fenced in, and are separated into 2 sections –small dogs (30 lbs. and under) and large dogs (31 lbs. and up). They are usually located in forests or parks, with ample shade. Most parks have benches and picnic tables, as well as dog bag dispensers. A spigot with running water is an added benefit. The ground is usually covered in wood chips, which makes clean up easier (and keeps dogs relatively clean).

How will this be paid for…

The Stratford Dog Park Action Committee is fundraising the money necessary for the  construction of the park. Donations and sponsorships for items such as benches, tables, landscaping, dog bag dispensers, and signage will be sought.*

How has the community reacted…

We have had tremendous public support. Our initial petition (submitted into record in September 2011), had over 500 signatures. We also have over 1000 likes on our Facebook page (facebook.com/StratfordCTdogpark) and many followers on twitter and instagram (@DogPark06614) and a large subscriber base to our email list.

We are continually asked about the status of the Park, and there is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for a place for residents to bring their dogs!

Who have you spoken with in Town Government…

We have presented to Town Council, the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Animal Control Officer, the Roosevelt Forest Commission, the Longbrook Park Commission, the Boothe Park Commission, the Short Beach Commission the Planning Commission, the Planning and Zoning Administrator, the Inland Wetlands Commission, the Town Engineer, the Town Conservation Officer, the Director of Public Works, the Parks Superintendant, the Recreation Superintendant, the CAO and the Mayor.

We have provided them with a Petition (2011), our Business Plan, our Organizations By-Laws and Financial Report, several Location Proposals (see Town Proposals page on this site) and numerous other documents to answer any questions they might have.

Who can I contact…

You may contact anyone on the Stratford Dog Park Action Committee at
stratforddogpark@gmail.com

How can I learn more…

Please visit facebook.com/stratfordctdogpark  or follow the SDPAC on twitter and Instagram @DogPark06614

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You can donate to the SDPAC by going to PayPal Logoand using the email address Stratforddogpark@gmail.com.*

 

*IF A SUITABLE LOCATION FOR THE DOG PARK TO BE CONSTRUCTED CANNOT BE AGREED UPON ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO ANOTHER DESIGNATED STRATFORD CT 501C3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.

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  1. I am so excited to hear about you all working toward a dog park! Please contact me as I would love to help. I recently moved to Stfd. from Savannah, where there was a great dog park. In my travels w/ 2 dogs, I have visited quite a few wonderful parks. Contact me please, Ann

  2. I would like to learn more about how I can help with the new park, too! I would be happy to volunteer time during fundraising events. 🙂

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