A call for a Saugerties dog park by some local residents is music to Rae Stang’s ears. She’s been working on the issue for years.
Stang, the owner of Lucky Chocolates, lives in town with her best friend Effie — a Jack Russell Terrier who bucks her breed’s reputation: Effie’s so calm she’s a therapy dog.
Will it happen? Mayor William Murphy says there’s no room in the village. Town supervisor Kelly Myers gave a more promising response: she said if there are a lot of people interested in a town dog park, they should come to a Town Board meeting and raise the issue. (Recent support has been voiced mostly on this newspaper’s website.)
Myers said she thinks it’s a good idea, but she wonders how much the insurance would cost. She said apartment-dwelling dog-owners would benefit most from a park.
“Dog owners would get a chance to meet other dog owners,” Myers added.
Stang was such an avid supporter of bringing a dog park to Saugerties that several years ago she had a Facebook page bringadogparktosaugerties, which has since been pulled from the site.
“This would be great,” she said of the possibility of bringing a park to town.
“But it would take a committed group of people to make it happen.”
Where would it be?
Stang suggested that a portion of Cantine park would be great. Seamon Park is already dog-friendly.
Myers said that all residents have to do is come before the board and get the ball rolling.
Or go into Lucky Chocolates and talk to Rae, and maybe Stang will fetch back her Facebook page.