Meeting for county dog park tonightBy John VeaseyTimes West Virginian
FAIRMONT — Are you interesting in helping develop a dog park for Marion County?A meeting for those interested is scheduled here tonight.It will be held at 7 p.m. at the No. 1 pavilion at East Marion Park.“We’re calling our group FIDO (Fairmont interested dog owners),” Dave Garcia, who is promoting the venture, said.“We want to create a fenced-in area for dogs to enter and play and have a good time,” he said. “We would have one area for large dogs and one for small dogs.”He said “it’s like a park for kids, but it’s for dogs. Morgantown has one by Decker’s Creek. And I’ve been told there have been no problems there.”Garcia said he is working with MCPARC executive director Dan Talbott on plans for the Fairmont dog park.“We would like to find a location with one or two acres,” he continued. “It could be near Rails to Trails or it could be built in one of our county parks.”“They’re definitely good things,” Talbott said Monday. “It is another opportunity to find a place for leisure activities.“Just like our youth today like many different things, older people have a need for social recreation. There are a lot of people who spend a lot of time with their pets.“Because of the leash law that Marion County has, there is not a lot of opportunity to let their dogs run,” Talbott continued. “So this gives us an opportunity to give them an alternative.“I think it’s a pretty neat idea,” he said. It was when Garcia was taking his dog Brewster to the park in Morgantown that the idea hit him.Why not try to get something developed in Fairmont such as Morgantown has? And the university city may soon have another one if the Board of Parks and Recreation commission and the Morgantown Dog Owners Group (MDOG) get their way. Garcia said that the dog owners can sit around and socialize when they bring their dogs to play.People with questions may call Dave or Kelly Garcia at 367-1184.E-mail John Veasey at firstname.lastname@example.org.