After an almost 18 months effort, local residents David Ferraris and Noah Matten have reasons to cheer that their volunteer labor has successfully brought a new dog park to Easton in 2023.
Their journey began with a conversation over beers, where they discussed the lack of dog-friendly parks in the area. They soon learned that the Friends of the Easton Dog Park had tried to establish a park in the past, but it had fallen through. Undeterred, Noah and David took up the cause and started a new effort to bring a dog park to the town.
Their journey was challenging, as they had to navigate through various town boards, including the parks and recreation board and the planning commission, to get approval for the park.
Despite initial resistance from some and concerns about the park’s size and maintenance, the dog guys persevered, eventually convincing the Council to designate an unactivated parcel of land as a dog park in downtown Easton. The Brewers Lane site was chosen for its central location and potential to spur commerce and socialization among dog owners and their dogs.
The process was long and challenging, but ultimately rewarding for the dog guys, who saw their hard work pay off. The park is expected to provide a much-needed space for dog owners to socialize and exercise their pets.
It also came with a surprise ending. After initially thinking that the dog park would need to be funded exclusively by private donations, their allies at Friends of the Easton Dog Park worked with the Council to dedicate some $500,000 from a city bond for parks and open space would be allocated to the project rather than having to find private funding.
Noah and David’s dedication and persistence in bringing a dog park to Easton should inspire others who seek to make positive changes in their communities.