south of Batchelder St. onto the southern connector where the pavement starts, just below Home Ave. you will see this 40 ft strip on the east side of the concrete roadway.
b. What is there: The fence is black and very nicely maintained along the entire east side. The grass is soft to walk on and I did not find any wet spots, though I did find some "holes" you can trip into with your foot. Lots of small trees, and a few nice evergreens. A few medium sized trees that appear to have been planted as they have a 4-5 ft.
circular hole dug around them. Some stripped maple.
c. Need to do: There are lots of small 1' diameter new trees. Not sure if these can be replanted and used along our streets. But we will want to clear out most of them, with a tree person's advice. And then it needs a fence and gate system on three sides.
d. pros: It is sunny. There is some wind. It would be an easy stroll along flat land to stretch out and walk your dog. Very easy on your legs and knees.
e. cons: There is someone living at the end of this strip/or was living. It may be too narrow to really have a lot of dogs here at one time.
I would recommend that everyone in this group go and see this area, and walk around it, and think about how we can make this work. Perhaps this is a small dog park?
2. Flynn and Briggs
a. Location: Flynn Ave just east of Briggs street. South side, opposite the file cabinet sculpture.
b. What is there: It is a wide open desolate field with a couple of trees and some old art work.
c. Need to do: So perhaps we can make a deal with dpw, and have them put up the staging fence with a gate, and use it as a dog park until the southern connector/champlain parkway is under construction. And then after it is built, reuse this area.
d. Pros It is wide open and easy to run with your dogs.
e. cons: This will probably be the staging area for the southern connector. However, if it is the staging area, don't they need a fenced in space?
Maybe this is for big dogs. Please at least drive by this space to experience the size of it, and walk around to see if there are any potential holes/problems.
Middle of South Crest park, looking south, in the largest open, tree free area. Fence is black, and on the left side. There is a gentle slope down, and then a shorter on going up
to the road.
April 12, 2011