New park nearly ready for tail-wagging fun
ONEIDA — Oneida’s dog park is coming along nicely with parts of the agility course going in on Tuesday. The dog park is a joint project between the Oneida Improvement Committee and through a partnership with the City of Oneida. The nearly 22,000-square-foot park will be located on city property just behind the City Parks and Recreation office at 217 Cedar St.
Within the park, guests and pups can take advantage of water fountains, waste receptacles, dog bone-themed benches, shaded areas, and lots of open grass. A woodchip-filled play area containing a variety of obstacles, including a large ramp with a paw-print shaped cut-out at the top, will be the centerpiece in each section.
OIC member and volunteer Joe Magliocca was working on the agility course on the small dog side of the park.
“In the small dog area, we have the agility rocks and the hound hurdles,” Magliocca said. “And then we have the bow wow barrel, which is a tunnel, and over at the large dog area we’ll have an adjustable tire jump.”
With all sorts of obstacles going up, Magliocca said it will be great for dogs with a lot of energy.
While more than $31,000 has been raised for the park, Magliocca said it only goes so far, with $14,000 going toward the fencing itself.
To help save costs, the OIC has identified areas where they can save money by constructing their own obstacles and structures.
“Of all the features, the agility walk, the double ramps, and the adjustable ramp were purchased,” Magliocca said. “Everything else was built, like the dog bone-themed benches and the paw tables.”
The hound hurdles alone would have cost more than $1,300, he said.
Construction was possible thanks to donated lumber from Lowe’s.
“In designing this dog park, there were hours and hours of research done by OIC members to come up with ideas for the 22,000-square-foot park,” Magliocca said. “I know what the town of Lenox dog park looks like and while I haven’t seen the city of Sherrill dog park, I think I can confidently say there’s nothing like this around.”
“I trust the park will prove itself to be a unique feature for the city, just like the Rail Trail or Mt. Hope Reservoir, that are gems in our community,” he added.
Major donors include the Gorman Foundation, the Oneida Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Andy’s Tow Service. Donations were also received from Community Bank, and Lowe’s.
A sign will be erected in front of the park detailing the contributions.
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