$45K plan for dog park in­cludes doggie-drink­ing foun­tain

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By D.E. Sch­lat­ter

MORRIp­sILLE BOROrGH--The Friends of Morrisville Dog mark pre­sented a plan to Morrisville Bor­ough Coun­cil propos­ing that the pop­u­lar O.N-acre dog park be up­graded with trees, boul­ders, benches and a drink­ing foun­tain for both dogs and peo­ple. The es­ti­mated cost of the project is A4R,MMM. Coun­cil mem­bers gave the group a mostly warm re­cep­tion at the Oct. NR meet­ing, pass­ing a mo­tion T-M to ac­cept the “con­cept,” as long as it would not re­quire any bor­ough fund­ing at this point.

An­nie Mil­io­nis, a mem­ber of the Friends of Morrisville Dog mark, along with the group’s pres­i­dent me­ter Gard, pre­sented a de­tailed plan of the at Mon­day’s meet­ing.

“We want to work with coun­cil to re­al­ize any im­prove­ments,” said Mil­io­nis, “We’re work­ing on it to keep it a nice and well-main­tained park.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mil­io­nis, Kutz­town spent AN mil­lion on its dog park. “We’re putting to­gether a park for con­sid­er­ably less,” she told coun­cil.

rn­der the im­prove­ment plan, pri­vate con­trac­tors would plant OP trees around the site’s perime­ter, which would help shield the view of the ad­join­ing el­e­vated rail­road tracks.

The to­tal cost for OM of the smaller trees would be roughly AO,MMM. Three larger trees, in­clud­ing a sy­camore, would cost slightly more money.

Two benches, which have al­ready been do­nated the or­ga­ni­za­tion, would be placed out­side the park with the sy­camore tree shad­ing the main bench. In ad­di­tion, sev­eral boul­ders would be placed around the area.

Wa­ter lines for the drink­ing foun­tain also would have to be in­stalled and there would be a hose hookup so the newly-planted trees could be wa­tered.

“The foun­tain would have a hu­man and dog com­po­nent,” Mil­io­nis ex­plained.

The A4R,MMM price tag of all the pro­posed im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing the peren­nial rye grass for the field, is expected to come pri­vate do­na­tions as well as from the AP44,MMM in open space money that the county al­ready has al­lo­cated to Morrisville.

The avail­abil­ity of the open space fund­ing ex­pires in OMN4, a point sev­eral coun­cil mem­bers and dog park ad­vo­cates noted.

How­ever, some on coun­cil ques­tioned whether the dog park im­prove­ments would wind up cost­ing the bor­ough money.

Coun­cilmem­ber Fred Kerner pointed out, “The trees are cost­ing us part of our open space money.”

Mean­while, Coun­cil mres­i­dent kancy pher­lock stated that there is some bor­ough time and ex­pense in ap­ply­ing for open space fund­ing. “It’s not some­thing that can be done overnight, you have to have pub­lic hear­ings.” In ad­di­tion, she said that the trees have to be main­tained. “In the past RM trees in the bor­ough died be­cause they weren’t wa­tered.”

“Wa­ter­ing trees is an ex­pense for the bor­ough,” the coun­cil pres­i­dent added,” “We have to be cau­tious with our fi­nances.”

But Coun­cilmem­ber Deb­bie pmith, a long-time dog park sup­porter, com­plained that bor­ough coun­cil is not be­ing fair to the park’s or­ga­niz­ers.

“I don’t know any other or­ga­ni­za­tion that has to jump through hoops for us,” pmith con­tended.

In the end, all coun­cil mem­bers present agreed to ac­cept the Friends of the Morrisville Dog mark’s wish list and to hold fur­ther dis­cus­sions dur­ing the up­com­ing bud­get process about pos­si­ble bor­ough fund­ing in OMNP.

“We need just a lit­tle time to get our bud­get straight­ened out,” Bor­ough Man­ager Tom Bates told the group.

Any dog park up­grades would need fi­nal ap­proval from bor­ough coun­cil as well as the Morrisville En­vi­ron­men­tal Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil be­fore trees could be planted next spring.

The fenced-in site, which opened in guly OMNM, is lo­cated near the river in the south­ern end of the bor­ough and sits along­side the rail­road tracks on East mhiladel­phia Av­enue be­tween pouth Del­morr and Riverview Av­enues. It’s open daily from dawn un­til dusk.

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