The 4-foot deep, circular pool structure used to be open for children about four years ago until the town faced budget cuts, which eliminated the lifeguard positions.
Photo by Teah Dowling
MORRISONVILLE — The towns of Plattsburgh and Schuyler Falls are discussing the creation of a joint dog park.
Plattsburgh Town Councilwoman Meg LeFevre said the town has been exploring different locations, like the East Morrisonville Rec Park, to build a space for pooches. After learning about Schuyler Falls’ interest in incorporating one themselves, LeFevre asked Supervisor Rick Potiker if they could work together.
“A dog park is a dog park,” Potiker said. “It doesn’t matter where it is so long as the residents have access to it.”
The towns opens the pool once a year for the annual Doggie Paddle Day.
Photo by Teah Dowling
PERKS OF PARK
The East Morrisonville Rec Park, which already allows leashed dogs on the premises, currently contains a playground, tennis courts, soccer fields, a baseball field and more.
Plattsburgh Youth Services and Recreation Director Melanie Defayette said the town came up with the idea of putting in a dog park for two reasons: central location and the old swimming hole.
The 4-foot deep, circular pool structure used to be open for children about four years ago, said Defayette, until the town faced budget cuts, which eliminated the lifeguard positions.
Since then, the town opens the pool once a year for the annual Doggie Paddle Day.
Defayette said due to positive feedback from that event, the town has been discussing converting the empty cement bowl into a new hub for pooches only.
Nothing is set in stone yet, said Defayette, and both towns are in the midst of having discussions.
“We don’t want to rush into anything,” she said. “But it’s definitely on the wish list.”
SCHUYLER FALLS PREDICAMENT
In August, Schuyler Falls officials held a public information meeting on converting the unused 20-acre town property on River Street into a fenced-in area for canines.
About 20 residents spoke out against the idea, leaving board members indecisive, said Potiker.
If the East Morrisonville Rec Park dog park becomes a reality, Potiker said the lot at the end of the dead end street would be utilized in some other way.
“It’s a beautiful piece of property,” he said. “We want to do something with it.”
During the meeting, residents came up with several options, such as converting the area into a gathering area or playground. Adding an ice skating rink, hiking trail or courts for sporting activities were other suggestions.