Letter to the editor:

February 4, 2011

By Contributor

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Thank you to all who helped F.E.T.C.H. make a local dog park a reality

Lake Boren Park is centered in our community, our commons for community and recreational activities, a central hub linking our trails system to our community. A popular destination for many that walk our trails with dogs, Lake Boren Park has seen supervised dogs run off leash for decades. With off-leash activity growing, it has become evident that Newcastle should consider designating a central off-leash area. With the history and growing demand at this central location, an off-leash area at Lake Boren Park appears most logical.

Recently, the Parks Commission chose to restrict an off-leash area to the future sports park, ignoring the needs of many residents with a message to stop using trails and drive to a remote location completely disconnected from our trail system. A message that Newcastle families with children and dogs who wish to spend an afternoon in the park with their dog off leash must to go to a barren and isolated location without playground equipment, and fails to meet recreational needs for families with children. The choice is a retreat from the challenge to find a quality solution designed to enhance Lake Boren Park.

F.E.T.C.H. is an open-minded community group of Newcastle resident volunteers willing to provide community service and funding to develop an off-leash area that best serves Newcastle residents. An off-leash area at the future sports park does not satisfy the need for a central off-leash area, and it would generate the same nuisance to adjacent homeowners as the southwest option. F.E.T.C.H. cannot support the future sports park location and will continue efforts toward a central off-leash area.

F.E.T.C.H. would like to thank all of the Newcastle businesses and individuals in our community that supported our effort through volunteerism and generous contributions.

Thank you.

Allen Dauterman

on behalf of F.E.T.C.H.

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