News from Acton
Maynard’s next-door neighboring town, Acton, is blessed with lots of conservation lands and a voice-control law (rather than a leash law), not to mention a long-running unfenced, unofficial (and possibly endangered) dog park at the Great Hill conservation and recreation area.
Nevertheless, there are ongoing issues in Acton. The below is a guest post from a MayDOG member who lives in Acton related to the potential development of the Morrison Farm property (see this PDF file for information about the property). MayDOG takes no official position on this issue, but we’re posting the information here to keep the community informed.
Plan to attend an informational meeting in Acton Town Hall, Room 204, at 4pm Wednesday, Feb 3rd. An out of town nonprofit group will present their proposal to farm (i.e., plow up) the remaining open meadows at Morrison Farm, the best off-leash dog walking location in Acton. Off-leash dogs were banned from NARA park in north Acton several years ago, and the town is troubled by heavy dog use at Great Hill playing fields and may ban off-leash dogs there in the future. Many people count on exercising and training their active dogs in Morrison’s meadows, off Concord Road, a secluded but easily accessible 10 acre site by Nashoba Brook. But the town refuses to acknowledge this use and accommodate it. Please attend this important meeting and let the town know it is undemocratic to serve only one interest at Morrison Farm (community garden plots are already located there, why a farm, too?). Morrison Farm belongs to ALL the people. It is unfair of the town to demand license fees from all dog owners while eliminating the best safe places to exercise their dogs.