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Woodbridge Dog Park is Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19 Concern

April 8, 2020

We are sad to let you know that the board of the Woodbridge Dog Park Cooperative has decided to close the dog park until further notice.

Since its opening in December 2019, the dog park has been a wonderful place for dogs and owners alike to gather and build a sense of community. This has continued even during this pandemic, providing a source of comfort to many during this stressful time.

Our efforts to keep the dog park open and safe have been many. We established a group of volunteer ambassadors who have monitored the park several times a day to ensure that it was being kept clean and that the posted rules were followed. They also worked with dog owners to establish safe behavior. Even before social distancing became a mandate, we were working hard to be proactive by establishing best practices for the dog park through regular communication with the Town and appropriate professionals – including local veterinarians who visited and observed the dog park in action. We also followed guidance from health experts on risk factors for passive recreation areas. As the situation evolved and new information was discovered, we revised the safety protocols and posted this information on our Facebook page and signage at the dog park.

While we are proud of the efforts we have made to maintain the safety of the dog park during this pandemic, we cannot be at the park every hour of the day to ensure that all are conscientiously following the rules to protect their own health and the health of others. Thus, for the safety of everyone using the park and the entire community, we made the decision to close the park for the foreseeable future.

This will not last forever. We look forward to welcoming you back to the dog park. In the meantime, please be well and stay safe.

Best Regards,

Officers of the Woodbridge Dog Park Cooperative

Bonnie Blake, Nicole Donzello, Mary Beth Womer, and Michelle Ditzian

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