Dog Park and Community Garden Coming to Devon

Representative Rose's proposal for a dog park and community garden in Devon moves forward.

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.

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Gemma Schlegel-McClish October 05, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Yes! Thank you, Kim. As a Rivercliff resident and a parent to multiple greyhounds, this is wonderful news! Your support of our community is invaluable. Please keep up the good work-
State Representative Kim Rose October 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Thank you Gemma, we would love to have you involved in the planning as well, I'll keep everyone posted as to when we have our first public meeting.
Vincent J. Averaimo October 05, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Excellent Idea! The potential to make this an attractive location and promote Devon businesses just a short walk away is endless.
Anthony Vogl October 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
This is a decent idea, but they'll have to deal with the water first. Edgemont park, for nine months out of the year, is a soggy mess. Throw in dog poop and it won't be pretty.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Theresa Polifka Jakab: "Sure its cool as long as its maintained. Eisenhower looks like hell with all the broken chairs and no shade for the dogs." - Comment left on the Milford Patch Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MilfordCTPatch
Gemma Schlegel-McClish October 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
That would be great Kim, thanks!
Jane Doyle October 06, 2012 at 01:02 AM
We really could use a nice park around here. Eisenhower was supposedly beautiful once, now we spend our own dollars and time trying to keep it clean and safe for our pets. Many of us have tried, unsuccessfully to get the city of Milford to handle the upkeep, that said ...
John O'Neil DVM October 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Dog parks are a wonderful thing as long as the users of the park 1. Pick up everything after their dog and 2. Don't allow aggressive dogs to run off leash and ruin it for other users. Thank you Milford and Devon
arkay October 07, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Great job.
William October 08, 2012 at 01:41 PM
2 GREAT IDEAS, a dog park and comm garden. We have one at Eisenhower, this would be closer.
Bonnie Towle October 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I live at Milford Beach Apartments and have no yard, and i love to garden. have taken part in community gardening in the past when I lived in Somerville, MA. Could I reserve a plot? This is such a great idea :-)
Linda Holm October 18, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I totally agree!!
Linda Holm October 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I think a community garden is a great idea. A dog park is another thing. Hope you are all aware that the park floods at high tide every day so it would not be a good place for dogs to run around. Also for the residents who live close by the sound of barking dogs and the smell of dog poop is not too inviting.
State Representative Kim Rose October 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
It's so nice to see so much enthusiasm! I want to assure everyone that Milford Inland Wetlands Agency has been consulted though out the initial discussion phase of this proposal and will continue to play and important role throughout the development of this project. The inland wetlands will be remediated and restored which will restore our wetlands as well as significantly reduce the flooding. Proper fill and ground preparation with the wetlands considered will be done. We expect responsible dog ownership as well as cooperation from those who will use the facilities to self monitor the area. There will be "poop" bag dispensers located within the fenced area for the human's to use to pick up after their pets. Once we begin to move forward with this project, we will hold an organizational meeting for input from those that will be using the park and welcome suggestions and ideas.
Anthony Vogl October 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I live just up the street and would be very concerned about the noise and the smell. A community garden would be a superb idea. Will we have to mitigate the wetlands if we are going to do any work on them? Has that cost been calculated into the equation?
Linda Holm October 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Again, Tony, I agree
Sue DiMaio October 18, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I want to get involved!!! This is awesome! I always wanted to see another dog park in Milford!
Gail Rosenthal October 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I also agree with Tony. Another problem will be parking. Need to make sure people park in the lot and not the surrounding streets!!
State Representative Kim Rose October 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
As far as parking it's the perfect location first of all for everyone to WALK their dogs to. For those familiar with the location there is a huge lot behind Margaret Egan Center, there is stair access from Rivercliff and there is a parking lot for the gardens on Edgemont.
State Representative Kim Rose October 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Inland wetland mitigation and restoration will be a community environmental project and comes with little or no cost- we are just as concerned for the environment as anyone! Thank you for your thoughtful comments.
State Representative Kim Rose December 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Tues night Margaret Egan Center 7 pm- the Devon Revitalization Committee will vote on how to spend their remaining $15,000.Several of us proposed to have the money given to jump start the capital improvement project for the garden and dog park. Others would like the money spent on 66 hanging flower baskets, a 2 and 3 year maintenance contract and a water tank to water the baskets. The meeting is open to the public, this is tax payers dollars and if you can make the meeting you should be there to voice your opinion. We will raise money for the garden and park in any event but this 15k would provide the fencing and jump start the project.
Jane Doyle December 04, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the meeting tonight, but would like to volunteer my professional services as an event planner/fundraiser to assist in raising funds for the garden and dog park. Thank you.


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