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Oct 4, 2016 5:10 PM

Popular Peirce Island dog park in Portsmouth closes


PORTSMOUTH — The popular Portsmouth dog park on Pierce Island closed this week. City officials say it will remain closed for approximately four years while the wastewater treatment plant is being expanded.

“I think a lot of people are bummed out about it,” said Kendra Cole who enjoyed taking her dog Finn to the park.

“It’s going to be a big impact. Four years is a long time, it’s a very social place not just about dogs but for the people,” said Portsmouth resident, Jennifer Zorn.

The city has only one other dog park - Mill Pond. Residents worry it will become too crowded.

“It’s sad. I think it’s hard for people who live downtown who take their dogs there,” said Wendy Hasland, referring to the Island’s dog park.

Wednesday, the city’s Department of Public Works will have a public hearing to determine the feasibility of turning a grassy Park and Ride space off of Route 33 into a temporary dog park.

“It would be nice to have more open spaces,” added Cole.

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