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Framingham, MA is one of the most densely populated areas in the Metro West area of the Boston metro area. As the saying goes, we are the largest "town" in America (look it up: http://www.framingham.com/ask-fram.htm).
I am a proud dog owner and have come across countless other dog owners in the Framingham area and we have all agreed on a problematic issue that is consistently mentioned within our tight-knit but large community.
Within the town of Framingham there are no enclosed dog parks to unleash our fellow pooches to romp and play and work out some of their pent up energy. We are forced to drive to neighboring Ashland State Park (6 miles away) or to Callahan Park (6 miles away), both of which are far from the town center and nowhere near the densely populated areas.
As dog owners, we all know that regular exercise is not optional, it's mandatory for healthy growth and development of our dogs and in many ways, our collective sanity. This is particularly true in the winter months.
Framingham, especially near the town center, has large swaths of unused public real estate that are in strategic locations and big enough to house a dog park. The infrastructure required would be minimal, grass, a disposal can, and a chain-link fence for enclosure are all that would be needed to make this happen.
The benefits expands to residents who do not own dogs as well, who are constantly finding exposed feces or "poop" bags on sidewalks and communal parks. Having a centralized dog park would encourage dog owners to keep the area clean for hygienic purposes and consequently dispose waste accordingly.
I encourage all dog owners in Framingham to consider this as an easy, cheap, and necessary improvement to the neighborhood that is sorely overdue but easy to implement.
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