Putting a Dog Park in Thompson Park to a VotePosted: Updated:
A dog park in Watertown. It's a well-known mission that Scott 'SG' Gates has been pushing for more than a decade.
"It's been 11 years we've been working on this," said Gates.
'We' includes his dog Mia... who's spirit now pushes him to continue the fight.
"Mia passed two years ago and she's the only reason I'm finishing this," said Gates.
And after countless city council meeting appearances, it seems as though a big move will finally be made, putting a dog park in Thompson Park to a vote.
"So we don't waste this man's time anymore. We owe it to Mr. Gates for at least some finality on that," Mayor Joe Butler said at last Monday's meeting
"I see the value in it for the community," said Watertown City Council Member Lisa Ruggiero. "I think that this is something that the general public can use, not just city residents."
Ruggiero is one of three council members who has expressed support for the project. But before it's put on the agenda, she said council needs to talk over timelines and potential costs.
"We really would like to see the organizers meet their goal of whatever that goal is going to be set up, but also to exceed that goal so that they have funds available to maintain the park, in the years to come, such as maintaining the fencing area," Ruggiero said.
However, she's hopeful to see the city vote on the issue possibly over the next few weeks. And so is Gates.
"I'm very hopeful. I think council has the right idea," Gates said.
As for funding the project, it would be through private efforts. Gates said there are donations left from when the Factory Street location was an option. And the Northern New York Community Foundation is accepting new donations.