William Scott Park in New Hamburg is getting a permanent dog park

In June 2020, I was collaborating with another writer on an article about the permanent dog park in New Hamburg. I interviewed and photographed Stonecrofter Phyllis Wood for this piece, which, sadly, didn't get published. Here's my section of the article.

“I think people were pleased with this,” said Stonecroft resident Phyllis Wood about the Township’s recommendation to situate the new, permanent dog park in New Hamburg. She was a frequent visitor with her labs Katie and Chelsea during the pilot phase in William Scott Park.

Wood said that after that ended last October, “People were so thrilled with it, they wanted it to continue.” That’s when she and other dog owners started a petition to make the facility permanent, ending up with 1,100 signatures. She was amongst the delegates who appeared before council to push the idea.

“It’s not just for dogs, it’s for the community. We have a lot of dog owners who come here, just to visit with other people, because they live alone. We have a lady who comes all the way up from Plattsville, along with her dog. This was her time to spend with people. It’s a community park, so it was nice to see our council understood that. The socialising is very important.”

After reviewing the proposed layout, Wood has some suggestions, including increasing the spaces for both the small and large dogs.

“Also, I would like to see some type of water, so on hot days there is some water for the dogs. Possibly we could run a hose down, but it would have to be available to both the (small and large dog) parks.”

She’s glad that there will be some shade provided by trees, but said she thinks there are some poisonous weeds in one area that she’d like to see taken out.

Wood is hoping to generate business sponsorship to help pay for permanent shelters to protect people from the weather, and pointed out that a similar campaign for the dog park in Stratford was successful.