The Town sent out a message looking to alert/remind dog owners about rules at certain public spaces in Southborough. It prompted me to follow up for rules on another, and I learned something new.
For fellow dog owners, here are the rules that we need to know:
- Dogs aren’t allowed at Chestnut Hill Farm trails
- Dogs aren’t allowed in the Trottier Track area
- Dogs are allowed in specific areas at Breakneck Hill and the Town Forest – they need to be kept to the trails
- Please pick up and take away your dog’s waste. (Don’t forget, we have a pooper scooper law.)
In checking on the Trottier Track, I learned that dogs aren’t the only issue there. They also have a prohibition on strollers and bikes:
please remind everyone as well that Bikes and Strollers are not permitted [on the Trottier Track.] These can cause harm to the brand new surfacing and we would like to protect the investment as best we can to get the longest life out of it.
In 2018, voters approved $279,500 to resurface the track. That resurfacing was just completed last fall.
As for the dog rules at other spaces, below is the full message from the Town with explanations:
A Reminder About Dogs
We are so thankful for the cooperation that we have had during the opening at Chestnut Hill with a seamless opening weekend! A quick reminder that dogs are not allowed at Chestnut Hill for the safety of others and the animals.
You can bring your dogs to Breakneck Hill and the Town Forest but, please clean up after your animals! This is crucial to preserve our open space areas and keeping them clean. Please keep dogs on trails only has we have fragile grassland bird habitat in which dogs can unintentionally [destroy] nests or injure baby birds. We have a carry in, carry out policy so any waste (whether it be from pets or otherwise) must be taken with you as you leave! We appreciate your cooperation during these times as we all enjoy these areas.
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Danza at email@example.com