By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A revised plan for the Happy Tails Dog Park, which includes significantly enlarged with enlarged enclosures, will be presented to the Planning Board when it meets on June 1.
The original plan for the park, prepared by Rokeh Consulting, LLC of Chichester, included two abutting rectangular enclosures, each 78 feet by 130 feet, one for large dogs and another for small dogs, and a third separate enclosure, 20 feet by 60 feet, for puppies. However, the plan has been revised. While the area for puppies remains unchanged, the other enclosures have been reconfigured and enlarged. The rectangular enclosure has been replaced by an oval enclosure, split into two sections, each approximately 250 feet by 100 feet, for small and large dogs.
The dog park would be sited on approximately two acres of a 25-acre rectangular tract between the end of Spruce Street and Growtth Road, which is owned by the city. The city acquired the land in 1976 with a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, established by Congress in 1965, which the restricts the property to recreational uses.
The park would be reached from the end of Growtth Road near the southern entrance to the Lakes Business Park, where a 20-foot gravel driveway would lead to a graveled parking lot with spaces for 20 vehicles. The park would not not be served by either water or electricity. The projected annual maintenance costs of between $1,500 and $2,000 will be born by members of the Happy Trails Dog Park, who will also manage and police the facility.
A generous donation of $100,000 from the Lezama family of Laconia will finance construction of the park, which will bear the Lezama name, as well as endow a fund for its maintenance.
There were 2,191 dogs registered in the city in 2015, one for every seven people.
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