Mar 262014
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Spring Yard Sale

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The Chelmsford Dog Association is hosting a spring yard sale on Saturday, May 31, 2014, to benefit the construction and maintenance of a public dog park at 54 Richardson Road in Chelmsford.

Please consider donating your reusable items to the yard sale.

Item Drop-off locations:

  • 23 Maple Road
  • Chelmsford Dog Pound (2 Old North Road, behind the Police Station)

The Chelmsford Dog Association is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and all donations are tax deductible (with a receipt, given upon request)

Items we will gladly accept:

  • Gently used clothing
  • books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Software
  • Housewares
  • Shoes and Accessories
  • Bed & Bath Items
  • Small Appliances & Electronics
  • Games
  • Tools
  • Draperies & Curtains
  • Pet Items

Items we cannot accept:

  • Televisions
  • Computers and associated equipment
  • Large Kitchen or Laundry Appliances
  • Air Conditioners
  • Paint
  • Chemicals
  • Large Furniture
  • Automobiles or Campers


Oct 082013
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Our November meeting is our annual meeting. The meeting will be held at the function room of the Chelmsford Police Department on Wednesday, November 13 and will begin at 7PM.

Director and Officer positions are currently open for nomination and we will accept nominations (with a second) up to 7:30PM on Wednesday, November 13. Any nomination must be submitted and seconded by current member(s) of the Chelmsford Dog Association before this time. Votes will be cast immediately following the close of nominations and any current member of the Chelmsford Dog Association may cast a vote (and please do note that this include ANY member of the CDA, not just the current directors). The nominee must be present to accept the nomination.

— Officer positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer — Director positions:  (5 directors)

Elected directors and officers will take office starting January 1.

In addition to voting for the open positions, the CDA will also be reviewing the current bylaws and hold discussion on suggestions for amendments and/or modifications to the bylaws. The current bylaws can be viewed at:

Sep 242013
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On Saturday, September 21, Markus and Leslie hosted a painting benefit for the Chelmsford Dog Association. The fundraiser brought in $400 which was donated to the CDA and will be put to use in planning and building the new dog park on Richardson Road.

The group mural will be on display at the Chelmsford library in October to raise awareness of the park!!

CDA Mural at Antidote




Here is one image of the amazing completed work, along with the CDA members who attended!
For more images of the painting process and the folks who did it, head over the album on facebook


For those of you who couldn’t make it…you may also donate by sending a check made out to the “Town of Chelmsford”, with “dog park” written on the memo line, and send it to the town manager’s office at 50 Billerica Rd.

Jun 122013
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Minutes – Chelmsford Dog Association Meeting

Monday May 8, 2013 7:00PM

Chelmsford Police Dept. Community Room, 2 Olde North Rd. Chelmsford

Call to Order: 7:11PM

Present: Vivian, Erik, Beth B, Danielle, Bill C, Sandra, Mary

Not Present: Bill B,


*Roll Call.

Present: Vivian, Erik, Beth B, Danielle, Bill C, Sandra, Mary

Not Present: Bill B, Will, Lee, Rosie

*Approval of the Minutes of the preceding meeting.

Motion to approve the minutes of March 27, 2013 as presented/amended:  Erik

Seconded: Bill L.

Vote: unanimous


*Erik made a motion to buy a CDA easy-up

Seconded: Beth

Vote: Unanimous


*Fundraising Events-

Flea Market, May 18th 9-1

-10 vendors confirmed to date

*Mary will contact Panera for pastries

-Danielle, Mary, Sandra, Vivian will be there

Erik and Bill L. aren’t sure

-Vivian will work on signs this weekend


-Walgreens Dog Rally June 22nd

Please spread the word!

-We will decorate cookies again.  We’ll try to make dog bone shaped cookies


*Mary and Sandra have a good friend in marketing and she spent an hour recently looking at our stuff and she wants to come up with a logo… something that would be more appealing to small children.  We are waiting to see what she comes up with.  If she can help us get the word out about our events, that would be the best thing for us.




*Reports of Officers.

Treasurer- Sandra

current balance

-Vivian gave Sandra receipts for the hotdogs and books of stamps


Website news-Will


*Old and Unfinished Business.

-Post  Spring Town Meeting-Yes, we can!

-503(c) update, IRS is working on March applications. Ours was filed in April.

-confirm parade float info & draft application –We want to do a dog park theme

-coloring page for this year’s contest – Will will work on that


*New Business.


-Foundation – They reached out to Paul Cohen.  The grant is structured so that the municipality has to put up 10% of the construction cost, and come up with a long term plan from a municipal employee to show that we are serious about this.  Evan Bulanski said he’s help us.

*$15,000-$25,000 preliminary design grants

*Construction $160,000-$240,000

*Post Construction capped at 5% of funding cost

*We need a commitment from the town to fun 10%

*There is clean up of rubble that needs to be cleaned up/ “Capped”  Can use the town’s costs of this towards the 10%?


-Bark for the Park – as of yesterday we had 35 votes



*Danielle asked if it would be possible to use the dog park location for Howl’ween?  It will depend on how soon the DPW moves and gets rid of the rubble pile


*Erik posed the idea of leaving some of the rubble, and covering it with loam to make a grassy knoll in the


-Next Meeting Date: Wednesday June 12th – Erik will try to get police station  meeting room


*Adjournment motion: Mary at 8:32

Vote: Unanimous

Things we have/still need

Tables-1 Merrill, 2 Wagner (and chairs), 1 Danielle, 1 Bukala

Plastic table cloths-have 1, need more- possibly buy a roll of table cover

-cooking supplies-Merrill

E-Z up, Mary will buy a new one: 10X10 no more than $100 each

Small change/money box-Merrill

CDA Supply Bucket-Merrill

T-Shirts-ok for now,

-coloring contest- prizes.

-Walgreens will provide hotdogs, soda and chips


-CDA staffed events so far: face painting, temporary tattoos, nail painting(Cassie)

Coloring contest (Will working on a picture) SWAG, decorating dog bone cookies- NEED:


-frosting, sprinkles, etc.

-face paints

-temp. tattoos

-nail polishes and remover-Cassie

-extra coloring pages and crayons for more entries

-Coloring contest judges

-paper towels, old rags (Merrill)

Apr 122013
Dog Park Concept Plan54 Richardson Road
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Please thank Anna B. for getting me off my butt to tend to my blog. There are many things happening around Town (as always). Some days I feel like a squirrel and all the nuts are across the busy street.

But back to Anna’s inquiry…”so how’s the Dog Park Plan coming?”

After four years of looking at multiple sites all over Town, I am happy to report that at this spring’s Town Meeting, Warrant Article 23 will seek to designate a two acre area of 54 Richardson Rd. for use as a Dog Park.

Now some of you are probably sitting here going, “Are you kidding me? Isn’t that where the DPW lives? Why would I want to bring my dog THERE????” And there are others of you asking, “What the…who’s paying for THIS????” And there are probably others of you saying, “By all that’s holy, it’s about time, I’m sick of stepping in dog crap everywhere else!!!” And then there’s that last bunch of you saying “We have enough parks, why do we even need this?”. I will handle these questions, and I’ll even add answers to some other questions I haven’t listed here.

Yes, the DPW currently has their facilities at 54 Richardson Rd., but they will be leaving for their new home at 9 Alpha Rd. sometime later this year. That will open up much of this area for improvements, since right now there is a giant, huge massive pile of dirt and stuff there. The pile of dirt and stuff will be moved somewhere, and in it’s place the Chelmsford Dog Association (CDA) will partner with the Town to construct and maintain a dog park like the one pictured above.  The CDA has been and will continue to fundraise for the park, and once we find a site, we can move forward with finding grants and other funding sources to get it done.

There is a written plan available for download on the CDA website that will give more detail about what we’d like to do there. The idea of a Dog Park was initiated in 2009 by Erik Merrill, Chelmsford’s Animal Control Officer, who even back then was receiving multiple complaints from angry people about dog feces being left on public land, dogs running off leash and getting into conflicts with people, other dogs, cars and wildlife. He realized that people have no place to legally let their dogs run in Chelmsford, and if such a place was available, there would be less dogs running around these public places creating problems for everyone else. He announced a meeting for interested residents to meet and talk about this, and the Chelmsford Dog Association was born. We have applied for our 503(c) designation, which we hope to receive this year, and to date have raised close to $7,000.00 toward a dog park.

The site on Richardson Rd. will need a lot of TLC, and we’re estimating it could cost around $100,000.00 by the time we’re done. With the help of volunteers and interested residents, we will get there. We will continue to host our various events like the Spring Flea Market and Howl’ween. Walgreens is planning a Dog Rally in June which may include a walk-a-thon. We will be visible at the Town’s July 4th activities and parade., and we’ll be providing breakfast and lunch for the German Shepherd Rescue League’s Walk-n-Wag at the 4-H Fairgrounds in September. All of these events and more will help fund our work for the Dog Park.

The CDA would like to thank Town Manager Paul Cohen, former Conservation Commissioner Beth Logan, former Conservation Agent Thad Soule, current Conservation Agent Alison LeFlore, Town Engineer Scott Ludwig, and North Chelmsford Water Commissioner Bruce Harper for their assistance and patience with me for getting us where we are today. There are many others that have helped us along the way, it’s going to be a long speech on Opening Day!

Other things you can look forward to will be the next Coloring Contest for the kids, and a contest to name the park. We will also be announcing work sessions for the design, engineering, and construction of the park.

Anyone with questions is highly encouraged to ask them here or visit our Facebook page under “Chelmsford Dog Park” or “Chelmsford Dog Association”.

Our next meeting will be held at the Chelmsford Police Station Community Room, 2 Olde North Rd., on Wednesday, May 8, at 7PM. Everyone is welcome at our meetings, even the kids. Thank you for your support!