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November 11, 2015

Town to conduct session about Rady dog park plan

The dog area would lie at the south end of the seven-acre Rady Park.
A dog park is relatively quite quiet. I think it’s a great idea . . . a great spot.
— Betsy Aiani
Dog Park Meeting
• Topic: Warrenton’s plan to build a 20,000-square-foot, fenced dog play area at Rady Park on Fauquier Road.

• When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.

• Where: Town Hall.

• Who: Mayor and council members.

• Why: Some citizens say they had no opportunity to comment on proposed location and/or they object because of safety, noise and parking.

• Background: The town council voted, 7-0, in October to accept $30,000 from Alwington Farm’s developer to design and build the dog park. Fauquier has one other dog park: At Vint Hill. Town officials for years have discussed the desire to build one in Warrenton.
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Several citizens at Tuesday night’s town council meeting voiced concerns about the location chosen for Warrenton’s first dog park.

After hearing from them, the council agreed to host an informational meeting on the dog park Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The developers of the 440-acre Alwington Farm, just south of Warrenton, agreed to pay $30,000 to design and build the dog park as part of county rezoning proffers.

The subdivision will lie outside of Warrenton, but the town council in October voted, 7-0, to provide municipal water and to accept funds to build the fenced, dog play area in Rady Park.

Town officials have been involved in the complex negotiations with county leaders and the developer. Alwington Farm Developers LLC will pay Warrenton more than $3.5 million for the water connections to serve 217 homes.

Even though he voted for the development agreement, Councilman Jerry Wood (Ward 1) last month said he opposed the Rady Park location for a dog play area because of citizen opposition.

This week, six citizens — three opposed, two favoring and one neutral — addressed the council about the dog park’s location, parking, safety and noise.

“I really feel like we haven’t been consulted about it,” said Amelia Stansell, a resident of the neighboring Olde Gold Cup subdivision.

Ms. Stansell expressed concern about the safety of children playing on Rady Park’s soccer field.

“Adding dogs to the park makes me nervous,” she said.

The dog park would occupy less than a half-acre of the seven-acre park at the end of Fauquier Road along the northwestern edge of town. The dog park would replace a baseball/softball field.

Officials expect construction to start in the spring.

Tony Tedeschi who also lives in Olde Gold Cup near Rady Park also expressed concern about the lack of notification to residents.

“A dog park would be beneficial,” Mr. Tedeschi said. “I’m not sure it’s the right place.

“I would appreciate in these types of projects . . . everyone be notified.”

Two citizens spoke in favor of the project.

“I think they are a great way to bring communities together . . . to socialize dogs,” Brain Gorg said. “I think it’s a great use of proffered money.”

Using the Vint Hill dog park as an example to address neighbor’s concerns, Betsy Aiani said, “A dog park is relatively quite quiet.

“I think it’s a great idea . . . a great spot.”

Town council members and the parks staff considered the WARF, Academy Hill Park and other alternative locations for a dog play area but decided Rady Park offered the best option.

“People are always walking dogs there,” Mayor Powell Duggan said Tuesday night. “Typically you want it to be located near people for walkability.

“I think a lot of people are going to enjoy it once they see what it is.”

To address concerns, the town council will host an informational meeting about the dog park at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Town Hall.





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steelernation · November 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm
if the developer wants to donate $30,000 to the town how about putting sidewalks and more street lights on foxcroft road which runs parallel to rady park? school track teams and other citizens use the street frequently to run or walk and it is only a matter of time until somebody has an accident. there is a lot of traffic on foxcroft due to the fact that it is a major crossover street connecting bear wallow road and route 17. there is plenty of acreage at the Alwington development site or the WARF .these locations will accommodate the increased traffic and parking that will occur with a dog park.
Cayenne · November 16, 2015 at 9:30 pm
Look forward to the proposed dog park in Rady Park! It will be nice place for our dogs to have a designated area to exercise and play. I don't feel that the plan takes anything away from the "kids play area" as they have many nice facilities throughout the town and county. Dog owners take pride in their animals and will self police the "dog park" making us a good neighbor.
Anton Afterwit · November 15, 2015 at 2:17 pm
Let me make sure I understand. The City just raised taxes (again) because they do not have enough funds to cover essential services (or is it really about essential services), even more so than the County. And now they are going to take tax dollars (that proffer is tax dollars so don't give me any bull about private money), and build a park for dogs.

Whoa! We don't have money to build parks for kids, but we have money to build parks for dogs? Ok, so let the silliness continue. I want a special place for cats, horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and ferrets. Where does the insanity end. If there are people who want a park for their pets, then let them pay user fees for it. If not, then they should not have the pets in the first place.

Stop spending our tax dollars on your pet project for your special interests and get back to providing essential services only. Get the heck out of the way of the cellular and internet providers instead of holding hostage their ability to expand based on your pet projects.

Scrap this stupid plan and put that 30K into improvements for the water and sewer in the County instead of perks for a small number of fellow Citizens.
gh351 · November 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm
My kids love Rady Park, but I won't take them there anymore if there is a dog park. Please no!

Don't compare it to the Vint Hill dog park. That dog park is 1/2 mile from the kids playground, across two streets from the ball fields, and has its own parking area.
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