Malta dog park proposed

— The Town of Malta is going to the dogs.

At least, that’s the hope of the Happy Tails Dog Park Committee, which presented plans for a dog park to the Town Board of Monday, Jan. 28.

“It’s a wonderful idea,” said Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville. “There is a great need in the community and a lot of dog owners have wanted this for a long time.”

The committee was formed in 2012 by Malta residents who felt the community needed a dedicated dog park where dog owners could exercise and socialize their dogs in a safe environment that doesn’t bother any other residents. Town Clerk Flo Sickels is the chairwoman.

According to Sausville, the idea of a dog park has been kicked around for at least a decade, but finding a suitable property was always a stumbling block. That property was found in 2006 when the Town acquired a 20-acre parcel on East Line Road known as the Michalko property. The property was purchased with open space money from the town and Saratoga County.

Malta dog enthusiasts quickly identified the property as a possible dog park due to its rural location and large open spaces. Sausville agreed.

“We think it’s a good fit,” he said.

The supervisor also liked that the committee would be assuming responsibility for the park, because the town doesn’t want to spearhead the project.

“It takes the responsibility off the shoulders of the town,” he said.

Under the plan, the town would still be the recipient of part of the registration fee that dog owners would be required to pay in order to use the park. The proposed fee is $7 for town residents and $12 for non-residents. Of that fee, $2 would go to the town and the rest would go to the committee for regular upkeep, maintenance and additional park development.

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