By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Because a few canines lean toward aggression, over-exuberant greetings or leave unwelcome calling cards in the grass, finding places for even well-behaved dogs to play untethered can be challenging.
Traditionally, enforcement of Oxford’s leash laws were loosened in city parks so dogs and their owners could play fetch and other leash-free games, but complaints about a few unpleasant encounters got that loophole retightened.
Fortunately, Oxford dogs and their owners will have a park of their own.
Last week aldermen approved a roughly one-acre site adjacent to the new animal shelter on McElroy Drive, and its opening will depend on how quickly funds can be raised to build a fence around it. City officials have hinted it could be as early as late spring or early summer.
As currently envisioned, the park will simply be space for dogs and their people to romp.
“I think we’re just talking about a big green space,” said City Engineer Bart Robinson. “It may have some benches,” he said, but will not require other significant fixtures.
Oxford aldermen agreed to the park with the understanding that if that land between the animal shelter and the soon-to-be-built city bus shop is needed for other purposes, the park could be relocated.
While city crews will likely install the required fencing, the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society will raise funds for the materials.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.