I am pleased to announce today that my proposal for a new dog park and community garden is poised to be created after gaining prelimianary approval by the Milford Park and Recreation Committee.
This park and garden will be located in the unused area behind the Margaret Egan Center. In real estate, location, location, location is key. This property is the perfect location for such a project. It is accessible from the parking lot in the rear of the Margaret Egan Center, the frontage and parking lot on Edgemont as well as the stairs from the Rivercliff area.
We are in the initiail planning stages and will be looking for public input as we move forward. We will seek the approval of the Park, Beach and Recreation Commission for each Phase of the project.
Some of the items under consideration are a large and small dog area seperated by fencing, drinking fountains, obstacle courses, dog wash station, relaxation areas and runs. We will be looking for state funding, grants, donations as well as looking to the residendents to take ownership of their park to organize fundraisers. Benches can be dedicated in pet's memories, local veteranarians and groomers can donate equipment, etc. Milford Trees has surveyed the area and are already planning on their contribution of planting shade tress in the dog park. This is an exceptional opportunity for our community to come together and engage in this exciting project together. It's a quality of life issue.
With our area of town consisting of some very dense properties, the community garden will afford our residents the opportunity of having their own gardens. I gardened many years ago in Eisenhower Park and although I loved it, it will be nice to have one so close to home. I would be happy to hear from my consituents about any other vacant parcels that they feel could be developed in this way.
I have been working at the state level to ensure funding is allocated to help us sustain the Devon revitalization efforts. It is heartening to see our local officials embracing the goals and objectives for the future of this phenomenal neighborhood.
Much work has already been put in Devon center where improvement is highly visible. Property owners and businesses are all enthusiastic about the potential of their Village of Devon Business and Property Owners Association. Everyone is on board toward making Milford the best it can be.