by Lisa Tome
Although it's six months behind schedule, Rising Sun Parks and Recreation Commissioner Travis Marion said Triangle Dog Park is still the talk of the state.
He said the park, which is a partnership between the Town, the Octoraro Watershed Association, and other entities, was a topic of discussion during Cecil County Night in Annapolis last week.
"We are shooting for an early spring opening. We have no date yet, we are waiting for the weather and the ice cover to clear," said Marion.
Last summer was dedicated to the part of the work overseen by Rupert Rossetti, a board member for the Octoraro Watershed Association. That work included installing the wetlands portion of the project. The development of wetlands within Triangle Park will treat storm water for about 20 acres of developed land that doesn't have storm water controls.
On November 10, work on the dog park portion of the project began. That has stalled several times due to snow and ice. In December, students from both Rising Sun elementary and middle schools were supposed to work on site in the wetlands area.
That was also called off due to weather and will be held in the spring.
Once the dog park area is built, there will be a 6,000 square foot off leash area for large dogs. There will be a separate 3,000 square foot area for small dogs.
In the coming weeks, weather permitting, the dog park work will commence. Aluminum fencing will be installed. Concrete work and a shade structure will be built.
Marion said people are excited that the town will have a dog park. He said in Annapolis, people from Elkton said they planned to come to the area and bring their dogs.
Once the park opens, there will be a formal dedication. Until that time, Marion is working to fine tune rules for park use and the hours of operation. He said that anyone who has ideas or input is encouraged to contact him via email by way of the Town of Rising Sun website.