by Lisa Tome
Rising Sun's Triangle Dog Park is a year behind schedule.
But if the weather cooperates, the project will be completed and open for business by the second week of August.
Rupert Rossetti, a board member for the Octoraro Watershed Association, did his part in facilitating the creation of the wetlands portion of the dog park project. The wetlands at Triangle Park will treat stormwater runoff, prevent pollution from entering Stone Run, provides habitat for birds, insects, and other native wildlife, and also helps treat polluted run off with the native trees and shrubs which have been planted.
"The parking lot will be gravel right now. We've had issues with flooding (in the lot). That will be graded," said Mayor Travis Marion, who has been working on this park since he was elected town commissioner two years ago. "We got early snow and had issues with flooding. That's in check now. It was swampy all the time down here. To make that right has been a project in itself."
The sidewalks leading to the dog park are completed. They will have stain applied to them and be cleaned. Construction is underway to the eight-foot gateway entrance to the park. Lowe's of North East donated $2,000 in block for that arch.
The dog park areas and special dog turf have been installed. The benches, lighting, and drinking fountains are not yet in place. There are two separate areas - one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Large dogs are any canine weighing more than 30 pounds. The dogs will be segregated. Large dogs have 6,000 square feet of space. The small dog area is half that size. There will be two waste stations on both sides. Water has not yet been run to the park. The dog areas also feature three canopies for shade. When the dog park opens, hours will be dawn to dusk, year round. Park rules, such as requirements of cleaning up dog waste must be followed. If not, gated access to the park may be put in place.
Mayor Marion said the park has created a lot of excitement. A group in Oxford has expressed interest in offering free dog training at the site. Cecil College students in the dog grooming program are also potential future partners.
"A lot of people in Rising Sun may not have a large yard. Their dogs can come and enjoy the space. So many ideas are flowing," said Marion. "The sky's the limit."
Later phases of the park project will include the installation of walking trails, a boardwalk, and an outdoor classroom. Some of that work will be completed by scouts as requirements for Eagle Scout. Those projects are expected to be overseen by Commissioner Dave Warnick. "I'm looking forward to working with the scouts," said Warnick.