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Riverside Drive spot eyed for Canton dog park

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CANTON — A fenced-in site next to the Canton Fire Station on Riverside Drive is being considered as a possible location for a village dog park, but concern has been raised about the noise from sirens.

Trustee Mary Ann Ashley said the spot was suggested by Village Superintendent Brien E. Hallahan. The area is already fenced-in and is adjacent to the Grasse River. It houses the village’s former wastewater treatment plant.

Judy DeGraaff, a resident who chairs the dog park committee, said the spot has positive points as well as some challenges. The committee plans to continue looking at other potential sites.

Although the Riverside Drive site already has fencing and shade trees, it lacks parking space.

Noise from the fire and rescue trucks is also a concern.

“That is a factor. It’s something we have to think about,” Ms. DeGraaff said.

More parking spots could be created if the fence line was moved or if an existing three-bay garage was taken down.

“It is a nice space, but there is concern about noise from fire and rescue calls,” Ms. Ashley said. “The sirens might make it uncomfortable for the animals and people.”

Two other spots that were explored for a dog park have been eliminated from consideration. Priest Field was ruled out after neighbors objected and Canton Island Park was eliminated because it doesn’t fit in with town and village’s waterfront revitalization plans.

Mayor David P. Curry said the Riverside Drive spot may be more feasible than the other two locations.

“If the board approves it, it could be a more appropriate site,” Mr. Curry said. “I think there’s a place for it. We have to look at different sites like we’re doing.”

Meanwhile, residents in other communities, including Potsdam, are trying to galvanize support for fenced-in dog parks.

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