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Blasdell scraps plan for a dog park

Plans to open a dog park in a lot at the corner of McGurk and Electric Avenues have been scrapped by the Blasdell Village Board following feedback by those who live nearby.

“We polled the area and most people were against it,” Mayor Michael Petrie said during Wednesday’s village board meeting.

According to Petrie, there were a number of concerns that residents in that neighborhood brought up.

Among them were concerns as to whether people would clean up after their dogs.

Petrie, who said he was surprised at the opposition to the proposed project, said another major concern of several residents was the potential problem of parking. He said parking is limited there.

The board had announced its intentions to add a dog park during a meeting last month after they announced that Erie County had turned over vacant property over to the village.

Although there will be no dog park going in, Petrie did say that the village does intend to put in a small “pocket park,” which he intends to see open this summer.

However, he added that it is early in the planning stages and does not have details at this time as to what will be going in the park.

Also Wednesday, the board announced that it would be meeting once a month in June, July and August and that the start time would be 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 17.