Temporary signs are being made to alert people about a new dog park in the works along Marginal Road in Herkimer. There’s 200 tons of road millings that make up the base of the park already, but there’s still work that needs to be done. Project Organizer Ed View says Herkimer County doesn’t have a dog park, and it’s something every community should have.
"Dogs and little kids are the most popular things in the world. People love dogs, and they love little kids, and I do too. What is dog spelled backward? It spells God. Ever loving. Ever forgiving. Whether you’re gone 5 minutes or 5 days you get the same greeting. There’s nothing like a dog."
There’s nothing like a dog, but there’s a number of obstacles to overcome finding an appropriate location for a dog park.
"I had a spot in Little Falls, and there was too many people around there that didn’t like it, and I tried twice in the Village of Ilion. I got resistance, you know, and I’ve tried 3 different places, and always something came up or there was a roadblock."
The Village of Herkimer is allowing the park to be built right across the street from the Herkimer Little League baseball park. Volunteers from the Mohawk Valley Rotary Club will maintain the park, and will start putting up the fencing this weekend.
"There’s a fence and there’s a staging area which will be 15 by 10 right where we’re standing. You go in that first gate ok, the dogs smell each other through the fence, and then you see if there’s aggression there, and then you let them into the little dog side which is on this side. The big dog side will be over here."
The park is being named after Roger J. Skinner. He passed away in early March, but encouraged Ed View to never give up on the idea. Ed has raised close to three quarters of the $12,000 needed to build the park. He’s done this by asking businesses and individuals in the community for support. Ed still needs around $4000 to complete the project, but his gofundme page has been up for a month, and so far he’s only received one donation totaling $100.
"I’ve talked to people over the last 11 years Kirk, and they say oh we’d love to have a dog park, love to have a dog park, and some of those people really came forward and gave me some good money, but there’s others out there that I feel maybe they don’t know about this."
Here's a link for anyone who'd like to donate to the Roger J. Skinner Memorial Dog Park: