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Friday, October 14, 2016

Construction of Merrimack dog park finally unleashed

By DEREK EDRY
Staff Writer

MERRIMACK - After a decade of planning, the town's dog owners celebrated as construction began this week on the dog park at Wasserman Park.

With an expected completion date of mid-to-late November, the park is free to all town residents and nonresidents alike with their four-legged friends. It is located next to the Wasserman Park visitor's parking lot located on 116 Naticook Road. ...

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MERRIMACK - After a decade of planning, the town's dog owners celebrated as construction began this week on the dog park at Wasserman Park.

With an expected completion date of mid-to-late November, the park is free to all town residents and nonresidents alike with their four-legged friends. It is located next to the Wasserman Park visitor's parking lot located on 116 Naticook Road.

"A lot of people didn't think we'd ever get there," said Matt Casparius, director of Merrimack Parks & Recreation. "It's an exciting relief."

Construction on the park was delayed this spring after all four bids were rejected by the recreation department because they were significantly higher than expected. The department eventually accepted a lower bid by CSSI Construction of Bedford for $69,000.

Last summer, the town won $25,000 toward the park from a competition hosted by pet supply retailer PetSafe.

Before construction began Monday, members of the Dog Park and Parks & Recreation Committees held an informal groundbreaking ceremony, which community members and dogs were able to attend.

Park rules, hours and contact information will soon be available on the recreation department website at www.merrimackparksandrec.org.

Derek Edry can be reached at 594-6589, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek.