Oakmont board holds off on dog park
A proposal to fund studies of land near Oakmont’s community garden failed to win approval in a tie vote by Oakmont’s governing board.
Residents lined up to speak, mostly against the dog park plan, at an Oct. 16 board meeting, also featuring a lively debate by the six board members present.
The proposal would have allowed an ad-hoc dog park committee to spend up to $20,000 on studies of ground pollution issues. President Steve Spanier and Directors Tom Kendrick and Al Medeiros voted to proceed, while Directors Marianne Neufeld, Heidi Klyn and Carolyn Bettencourt voted “no.”
“This is an amenity a community our size should have,” Spanier said as he and others noted that Oakmont is “built out,” with no new home sites and little open space.
People living on streets near the Stonebridge Road property rose to object on grounds including noise, parking and other congestion, possible effect on home values and contamination of the ground near Oakmont’s community garden by dog feces and urine.
“I live on the west end. I live with these people and making the wrong decision for them would be heavy,” Klyn said. “There’s no perfect spot unless something happens with the golf course.”
Spanier said he was “very sympathetic to people who live in the area and don’t want a dog park.” He called it a “trying issue for me too.”
Final cost for a Stonebridge Road dog park has been estimated at $283,000.
In other board action, emails and objections at the meeting led the board to roll back a new rule it adopted in September that would have allowed floaties, (inflatable flotation devices), in all Oakmont pools with deference to lap swimmers’ right of way. As a result, no “floaties” will be allowed in any Oakmont pool.