Oh, to live a dog’s life
generous in supporting our cause,” said DonnaWalsworth, vice-president of the off- leash dog park committee. The group has lobbied long and hard for its project. Bob Gadoua, its main spokes- man, credited council members Guy Desjar- dins, Bernard Payer, and Raymond Serrurier with shepherding the project through all the political hoops to gain the support of both administration and the rest of council. “Without their stickhandling, without their political know-how, without their in-
tervention,” Gadoua said, “we would not have what we do today.” The future site of the off-leash dog park comprises several acres of scrub and wood- land near the intersection of Poupart Road and St-Jean Street in Rockland. Brigil has donated use of the land for a dog park on a temporary loan basis, for a minimum five- year period up to a maximum 10-year pe- riod. Local construction outfit, Spacebuild- ers, is providing financial aid to the project for fencing, signage, and parking ground development. The off-leash dog park com- mittee has organized other fundraising ac- tivities to help with development costs and site preparation. “They’re clearing the brush even as we speak,” Gadoua said. “We are hopeful for an opening before September. Mid to late summer, that’s what we’re shooting for.” The final result of the site preparation will be a fenced-in area of three or four acres, featuring woodland paths for dogs to run around in with their owners without dis- turbing anyone.
canvas-sided yurt, dogs race roundabout, leaping into the water after sticks and balls, wrestling with each other, playing fetch with any human willing to toss a stick or a ball. Big dogs, little dogs, in-between dogs, proud purebreds and merry mutts, they’re all there to enjoy a sunny Sunday and en- joy a “grateful dog party” to celebrate the future creation and dedication of a park just for them in Clarence-Rockland. “The community has really been very
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