News & Media Coverage

Long-Awaited Dog Park Could Open This Year In Stratford, Stratford Patch, February 21, 2019

Stratford dog park could open this year, Connecticut Post, February 18, 2019

Couple Donates Money to Help Build Park in Honor of Son, News 12 Connecticut, June 14, 2018

Love for animals becomes Jared’s legacy, Stratford Star, June 7, 2018

Council OKs ranger station razing, Stratford Star, August 16, 2017

Stratford: Progress being made on dog park, Connecticut Post, August 15, 2017

Town Council to choose firm for ranger station demolition, Stratford Star, August, 11, 2017

Many involved in making dog park a reality, Stratford Star, April 20, 2017

Howls of approval, Stratford Star, March, 15, 2017

Stratford: Dog park gets the Council’s pawprint of approval, Connecticut Post, March 14, 2017

Stratford: Pooches to get a park in Roosevelt Forest, Connecticut Post, February 23, 2017

Dog Gone! Roosevelt Forest In Stratford May Soon Have A Site For Pups, Stratford Daily Voice, February 23, 2017

Dog park Proposal Gains Support in Stratford, Stratford patch, February 23, 2017

Commission supports dog park in Roosevelt Forest, Stratford Star, February 22, 2017

Forest Commission to discuss dog park on Wednesday, Stratford Star, February 16, 2017

Stratford dog park still begging for a home, Connecticut Post, February 17, 2017

Where will the pups go?, Stratford Star, February 15, 2017

Dog park subcommittee submits report on locations, Stratford Star, February 6, 2017

Stratford: 57-page dog park report goes to Town Council, Connecticut Post, February 5, 2017

Dog park is popular, but some sites aren’t, Stratford Star, January 17, 2017

LETTER: Dog Park has no place at Boothe Park, Stratford Star, January 17, 2017

Dog Park Subcommittee to host hearing Jan. 12, Stratford Star, January 4, 2017

Seven sites on Stratford dog park list, Connecticut Post, January 2, 2017

Stratford hopes to see dog park materialize in 2017, Connecticut Post, November 25, 2016

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Committee to talk dog park options, Stratford Star, July 21, 2016

Daponte: Council has accomplished plenty in six months, Stratford Star, July 20, 2016

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Dog park still looking for a home in Stratford, Connecticut Post, July 12, 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 12.39.21 PMStratford Town Council Rejects Proposed Dog Park Location, Stratford Daily Voice, July 19, 2016

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A dog park for Stratford?, Stratford Star, June 24, 2016

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Stratford to get dog park, CT Post, June 24, 2016

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Stratford Dog Park Seeks Community Support, Stratford Patch, May 10, 2016


Town Council takes dog park off agenda, Stratford Star, September 9, 2014

Near final approval, dog park successfully stalled, Stratford Star, September 4, 2014

Editorial: In the dark with dog park, Stratford Star, September 4, 2014

Council delays dog park action after Animal Rescue head complains, Stratford Star, June 9, 2014

Planning, attorney find no objection to dog park location, Stratford Star, June 9, 2014

STARS president opposed to dog park next to Animal Control, Stratford Star, June 6, 2014

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Dog park group competes for $100,000 award, Stratford Star, May 29, 2014

Stratford nominated for $100,000 Dog Park prize, Stratford Star, May 29, 2014

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Stratford Dog Park Gains Momentum After Council Vote,, May 8, 2014

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Rally cheers dog park news, Stratford Star, April 17, 2014

Council OK’s dog park without scrutiny, Stratford Star, April 17, 2014

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Mayor Harkins and Town Council Clear Way for Stratford Dog Park,, April 15, 2014


Council approves creating dog park near Animal Control facility, Stratford Star, April 15, 2014

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Dog Park Rally Announcements, NBC CT Channel 4, April 13 & 14, 2014


Dog park rally coming to Stratford Town Hall, Stratford Star, April 9, 2014

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Dept. of Transportation denies request for dog park in Stratford, News12 CT, March 26, 2014.


U.S. denies land for Stratford dog park, Stratford Star, March 26, 2014.

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Stratford Dog Park Needs Your Help,, March 25, 2014.


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Use former landfill for dog park, Stratford Star, February 27, 2014

Dog park plan faces deadline, Stratford Star, February 7, 2014.


Stratford in the Hunt for Dog Park Funds, Stratford Star, May 30, 2013.



After Dog Park Protests, Roosevelt Forest Chairman Explains Clearing, Stratford Patch, May 24, 2013.

Stratford Dog Park Architects Say They Were Cheated, Stratford Patch, May 22, 2013.


Stratford Nominated for PetSafe Bark For Your Park Contest, Stratford Patch, May 4, 2013.

Stratford nominated for PetSafe ‘Bark for Your Park’ contest, Stratford Star, May 12, 2013.


Pawing the way to a Park Stratford Dog Park Committee Updates Town Council on ProgressThe Stratford & Stratford Patch, December 11, 2012.

“Continuing the push to build an off leash dog park in Stratford, the Stratford Dog Park Action Committee went before the town council on Monday evening, December 10th, telling them about the recent accomplishments of the group and to ask the council for their continued support.” For the rest of this article, please click here or here


Zombies Pub Crawl to Benefit Puppies by LeAnne Gendreau

“Zombies will be invading the bars of Stratford this weekend to raise money for a dog park. The ‘Howl at the Moon’ zombie pub crawl starts at Miami Sun Factory, 2362 Main St., at 6 p.m. this Friday, for registration and makeup, and continues to eight bars down Main Street in Stratford.”  For the rest of the article, please click here.

Stratford Dog Park Fetches Big Bucks with Weekend Road Race by Jason Bagley

There may not yet be a set location for the proposed Stratford Dog Park, but after a weekend fundraiser, there’s an ample amount of cash to pay for some of its amenities. A 5k/5-mile road race at Short Beach Saturday raised about $5,000 and drew about 200 runners, according to Matt DeBernardo, the Stratford man campaigning for the park.

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More than 200 run for Dog Park by Joseph Cole – Sunday, August 12, 2012

An estimated 220 runners hit Short Beach, Saturday, Aug. 11, for a combination 5K and 5 Mile race hosted by The Stratford Dog Park Action Committee. Proceeds from the race will go toward the purchase of fencing for the proposed Stratford Dog Park.

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Pet Talk on News12 CT, July 29, 2012

Dog park plan crawls forward by Joseph Cole – Friday,  July 27, 2012

Organizers championing the creation of a dog park in Stratford said they are investigating three new potential locations. They aren’t yet at liberty to disclose details.

“The mayor has given us three potential locations to talk about, but right now we can’t go into specifics,” Carissa Mason said while taking a brief break from checking registrations and handing out T-shirts outside The Sitting Duck Tavern, 3694 Main St.

The restaurant was the first stop on the “Hair of the Dog” Pub Crawl organized by the dog park supporters.

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Dog park plan crawls forwardThe Stratford, July 27, 2012.

The group trying to build a dog park in Stratford said they impressed the mayor’s office during a meeting Wednesday, June 28. “They really want to help us find a location,” Matthew DeBernardo of Stratford Dog Park said. “They think it’s a great addition to the community.” Proponents of the off-leash site have formed a 501c3 nonprofit and have begun raising money. Events include a pub crawl in late July and a road race Aug. 11 at Short Beach. “They were impressed with how organized we are,” DeBernardo said. “They loved the idea of the fundraisers.”

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Dog Park Organizers Meet with MayorThe Stratford, June 29, 2012.

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Stratford Dog Park Denied Roosevelt ForestStratford Patch, June 25, 2012.

Stratford dog park eyes spot at Roosevelt ForestStratford Patch, April 17, 2012.

Dog Park Proposed to Stratford Town CouncilStratford Patch, November 18, 2011.

Canine lovers howling for a dog park in Stratford, Connecticut Post, October 26, 2011.

Stratford Dog Park Supporters to Hold ‘Open Meeting’ at Roosevelt Forest SaturdayStratford Patch, November 4, 2011.

Stratford Dog Park Campaign Prepares for CouncilStratford Patch, October 18, 2011.

Dog Park Would Fill a Need in Town, Supporters Say, Stratford Patch, August 11, 2011.

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3 thoughts on “News & Media Coverage

  1. I was wondering if your commission has try to approach part of the Stratford community that lives near Clover field and Stonybrook field,I personally had never seen flyers around those areas,I live in Swanson Ave. near the above mentioned fields and many of us have Dogs too but as myself English is our second language and we don’t seen to shop or gather at the same places that your committee is posting the flyers.Thank you !!!

    • Hi Viviana – Thank you for your feedback – we will make sure we get info out to those areas in the future. Word of mouth is really helpful too so please tell your friends and neighbors about our website and our facebook page so that they can get the latest updates on the parks progress and events we are hosting. You can also sign up for our e-mail list and get updates that way! Thanks again!

      • Thank you !!! I really appreciate your response and yes I been telling all the people that I know about your site.

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