Dog Park Organizer Announces Future Park Location

The recently-approved dog park will be located centrally for all residents to utilize.


Following a meeting with members of the Coventry Town Council on Tuesday night, Coventry Dog Park organizer Lisa Finneran was pleased to announce that the town has confirmed a location for residents to safely (and legally) bring their dogs for some off-leash fun.

The park will be established behind what is now called the Coventry Town Hall Annex, at 1675 Flat River Rd. (formerly Washington Oak Elementary School.) Town officials will allow Finneran and members of the Coventry Dog Park Association to utilize the entire first field behind the school that stretches into a wooded area. 

The location is ideal for the dog park as it is already partially fenced (more fencing will be installed to allow small and large dogs to have separate enclosures), there are already benches at the location, it does not need to be cleared and there is already grass present. Dog owners will also be allowed to utilize the portable toilets that are on-site for baseball teams to use from April through October.

"This is absolutely the best situation that we could have asked for," said Finneran. "I'm thrilled that it worked out so well and the decision was made so quickly. It took less than a month to secure the land!"

With the park's location confirmed, Finneran plans to continue setting up a non-profit organization for donations and will begin organizing a dog park committee. Fund-raising opportunities will be planned in order to purchase supplies and materials needed to complete the park.

"It's just a matter of starting the planning and organizing," she said. "We've had a lot of interested parties come forward wanting to help including some landscapers and a professional fundraiser."

"We will start getting some estimates for what we need and then start fund-raising," Finneran continued. "I'm just so excited about the property and I think it's going to work out fabulously!"

If you would like information about donating or volunteering at the park or to submit comments or suggestions, Lisa can be reached at Lfinneran12@gmail.com.

Barbara Williams September 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Great news! Good job! Perfect location. Can't wait for it to open.
judi taylor September 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Not good news at all. Turning a bunch of dogs loose together in unfamiliar territory with a bunch of owners without a clue can get your dog DEAD and yourself injured. And whatever piece of paper you have signed does not protect you, as owner, or the town, as it is on town land, from serious law suits.And who picks up after the dogs, don't tell me owners cause that does not happen in this town. JMO But, as a taxpayer I could think of better uses for town land
Clint Shurtleff September 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
My goodness,Judi, how negative before it even gets started.......
Rebecca Z. September 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I think it's great! Having to travel to dog parks in South Windsor or Manchester means my dog doesn't get to run loose and play with dogs often. I've not seen fights or problems w/ cleanup at either of those parks.
Rebecca Z. September 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Nice - i just realized I'm on the wrong Coventry!!
K Wallace September 26, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I think its a wonderful idea, I have a 1 1/2 yr old boxer who loves to play with other dogs, she goes to daycare once a week and has doggie play dates with my neighbors dog, this will give her another opportunity to play with even more dogs. I will pick up after my dog and would think the other owners will do the same. If you have a dog that you believe will hurt another dog , a dog park is not a place to take them and then there should be no incidents or law suits. Cant wait for this to open!!!
Jessica September 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I agree with K Wallace! It is a great idea. Where I live we are not able to let my dog run free so he is walked and cabled in the yard. He loves other dogs and loves playing with all sizes. If you know your dog is not well when others are around then common sense says that you should not bring your dog to the park. There are other dog parks in RI and it will be wonderful to have one close to home! Very excited cannot wait for it to be open!
Sandy Lukowicz September 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Sandy L I am very excited about our new dog park. My golden has her owned fenced in back yard, but I know she misses playing with other dogs. When she meets one of them on the bike path, she can't wait to start playing with him/her.
Lindsey-Rae September 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
You sound very knowledgable on this topic. Not. You don't like it, don't go near it. I personally think its a fabulous idea!
Lisa Finneran September 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Just a quick comment regarding the liability issue. The first concern of the town council was the safety of the residents and the liability issue for the town, There will be a disclaimer located at the entrance of the park that will protect the town against any damages and/or law suits regarding the park. I have never seen a bad fight between 2 dogs at a dog park.The dog owner is completely responsible for cleaning up any waste and handling their dog as mentioned in the other comments, no dog should be allowed to enjoy if they have behavior issues and we will no allow any dog that shows any signs of any problems to unitilize the park
harry balzonya September 26, 2012 at 06:42 PM
i am whole heartedly against this..... if a dog defecates or urinates in public it's fine, but if a human tries to do it they are called a bum and get beaten up. its a double standard
Carol September 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM
your not a dog owner if you feel that way. it is good for dogs to socialize just like people, they learn from socialization.
Carol September 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Then you must not be a dog owner. It is good for dogs to socialize. They learn from socialization, just like people do. It's an all volunteer program.
Steve Menard September 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Judi, You're obviously not a dog owner nor have you ever been to a dog park. You could not be more misinformed. Dog owners for the most part are caring and considerate people and dogs that are socialized with other dogs often, have fewer behavioral problems. My wife and I own two dogs and take them to the Warwick and South Kingstown dog parks as often as we can, but the drive to either can be a pain. We are thrilled that Coventry has decided to allow a dog park in town. As for fights between dogs, I have only seen one in all the time we've had our dogs and it certainly did not end in anyone's dog being killed. It was broken up quickly and the offenders were asked to leave. Dogs in large groups usually get along together better than most people do. If you've ever been to Gillette for a Patriot's game, you know this is true. They're natural instinct is to be pack animals and work and live together peacefully. I would like to thank Lisa and Kathleen for putting the effort to get this done. BRAVO!!
Jennifer Gould October 02, 2012 at 06:41 PM
It's a good idea that it's so close to the pound. Maybe during off "peak" hours, the pound can bring the dogs over there for more exercise while they wait to be adopted, OR...maybe the town can put up a bulletin board with photos of animals waiting for a loving home! Sound good?
Jennifer Gould October 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Or, if the pound doesn't know the complete temperment of the dogs, maybe a designated area could be used for dogs just to run for a bit.
David Kelly January 09, 2014 at 01:41 PM
any idea when it will be open, long drive to Warwick Park :(


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