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Looking Forward to Spring!

Well, we just had another March snow storm, and by now, most of us are so done with winter.

So, let’s look forward to the spring and start planning for the things that need to happen (and things that we want to happen).


  • Work that can be done by anyone, any time:
    1. Recovery from the winter damage to the parking lot.
      We appreciate the plowing done by our volunteer(s). However, because our lot is not actually paved, plowing does disrupt the surface. We need volunteers to help re-spread the RAP from the spots that the plow moved it – and to fill in the potholes with the extra RAP from our stockpile over next to the dumpster enclosure.
    2. Move the parking blocks.
      We move the parking stop-blocks out of the way so that the plow can sweep across the lot. In the spring, we’ll need to move them back in front of spots. With the fading lines in the lot, the blocks are the best way to mark a spot (and to keep a clear walk-way between the parking and the fence).
    3. Fill in the entrance inside each gate.
      It’s a never-ending task. As the RAP migrates due to traffic and weather, we need to add more inside each entrance to bring it up to the same level as the brick entrance-way. This, also, will come from the RAP stockpile.
    4. Move the mulch around…
      Over the winter, mulch has migrated back onto the pathway and away from the top of the hill. We need to move it back onto the slope and around the fence. There is still a fair amount in the “extra” pile, so we should not need to have any more delivered, this year.
    5. Fill in holes.
      Dogs love to dig. We know it. We expect it. We don’t mind it in the park. However, if owners and other helpful folks could fill in the holes with the extra dirt (piled to the side of the shed), it would be really helpful.
    6. Pick up poop.
      Yeah. As always – many thanks to the Poop Fairies who pick up after others. We appreciate you! If more people can grab an extra bag and pick up one (or more) of the poops that have been left behind by less conscientious park goers, we’ll keep the park clean and safe for all our dogs.
  • Work that needs some organization because it requires more than one person or requires the pre-purchase of things:
    1. Re-attach the storm fencing.
      The winter winds actually ripped a large section of the fencing off the poles in the overflow parking. We’ll need several strong volunteers to work together to reattach that.
    2. Prep, dig and border the area for the sand digging strip in the All-Dog Area.
      We have steel edging and the DPW has promised us sand to fill it – but we need to lay it out, dig it, and place the edging
    3. Prep and layout a spot for the incoming Gazebo.
      DPAC has arranged the purchase of a gazebo for the park which will be placed in the All-Dog Area. We need to prepare the spot for it (exact placement is still being decided.)
    4. Prep. dig, move and install the small tires.
      The small (car sized) tires that the scout added are going to be moved to the Small-Dog Area so they can be used as obstacles by the dogs over there. We need to dig a spot, move and then remount the tire set.
    5. Prep, dig, and install the large tires.
      The CDA purchased 4 large tires as obstacles to be used in the All-Dog Area. They’ll be placed in the flattened section of the mulch area (where the small tires are now). We need to clear the mulch, dig out a spot, move the tires, and install them (half-buried).
    6. Re-do the grass in sections.
      Unfortunately, the warm winter did not favor our park grass. The constant mud  un-did much of the grass work from last year. HOWEVER! we have a better plan for this year. We plan to purchase some gridding (it’s on the CDA Amazon wishlist), rototil, install the gridding, reseed and re-fence sections at a time in the heavy use area at the front of the park.
    7. Clean up of the front.
      We have some feelers out to the local garden clubs to improve the look of the very front area (where the Chelmsford Dog Park sign is). However, if we want them to put in some nice plantings, some of us have to prep that area by digging up the weeds that grow there now.  So far, we’ve just been trimming the weeds as they grow, but actually digging out the root systems will nip that in the bud (pun intended).
    8. Planters.
      The two barrel planters in front of the small shed are falling apart. We need to get some new ones, move the dirt and flowers to the  new ones and dispose of the old ones. We also need to plant some dog-safe flowers and then re-place the planters which were moved for the winter, back around the park.
    9. Tick Spray.
      When the park was built, a tick barrier was added just outside the fence, plus ticks only get get into an area if carried. However, as the barrier has been overgrown outside the fence, we need to refresh the protection. We have a natural tick spray (safe for dogs) which attaches to a hose and needs to be sprayed along the outer fencing.
    10. Stumps and “trenches” in the training area.
      This has been on the list of things to do, pretty much from the first work party. It is, however, always at the bottom of the list and rated as less important than the other things, so it hasn’t gotten done.  We need to trim down the remaining stumps in the training area. Also, with the extra dirt from all of the holes  being dug in the list above, we need to fill the low spots in the front of the training area… the spots which basically become small ponds after some rain. Finally, we need to balance the “mound” at the entrance to the area.
    11. Install a Kiosk in the Small-Dog Area.
      DPAC has purchased an informational kiosk to be added in the Small-Dog Area. We’ll need some help to dig holes, pour concrete and mount the kiosk.
    12. Mount the Flag Pole.
      People purchased a flag pole and flag light from our wishlist. We’ll need some help to dig the hole, pour the concrete and mount the pole.
    13. Additional poop-bag dispensers and trash cans
      We plan to add at least one more post with a dispenser and can in each area (plus add a dispenser to the post in the training area). Once they are purchased, we’ll need some help to put them up. (The dispensers are currently on back order, so we’re waiting for the notification when they come back in stock.)
    14. Fix the Agility equipment.
      The scout made us some nice equipment. Unfortunately, cold weather and misuse (the equipment is for dogs, not for humans, please) caused some damage to several pieces. We need to fix those with some sand, PVC and resin so that the dogs can start using them again!
    15. Paint the fencing at the pavilion
      We added some fencing to prevent the dogs from running into the pavilion poles. This year, we need to prime and paint it. (Brown like the sheds or Blue like the pavilion roof.)
  • Ongoing volunteers needed!
    1. Mowing and trimming!
      Yes, let’s pretend that the snow is gone and the grass is growing again! We need some volunteers to commit to helping us mow and trim. We have a rider mower, 2 push mowers and a weed whacker to get the job done. As demonstrated last year, it’s too big a job for just 2 of us. If we can get others to help out, even just one day a month (4 people, each committing to one task, one day a month means a mow/trim every other week with no one person asked to do everything and if we can get commitments from more, that means less work for each individual while keeping the park looking spiffy!)
    2. Tune up the park equipment…
      Anyone with experience tuning up small engines? We have a riding mower, 2 push mowers and a gas-powered trimmer. We need your help in getting them tuned up for spring and summer use!!!
  • Special things:
    1. More permanent benches.
      The plastic chairs took a beating last year. They also get misused as “obstacles” in vain attempts to prevent dogs from enjoying the mud. We’d like to put 4 more permanent benches in on the All-Dog Area, 2 more on the Small-Dog Area and 2 into the Training Area. At close to $1000 per bench (including shipping) we don’t see many people donating them directly. So, we’d like to kick off a Bench-Raiser with money collected going specifically toward the order, shipping and installation of more permanent benches.
    2. Install the memorial bricks.
      OK, so this one is not something that our volunteers will do. We need a professional stone mason to install the round 2 bricks. If anyone knows a stone mason, have them contact the CDA – we’ll be taking bids for spring work!
    1. Spring Rally
      We used to hold a Spring time Rally at Walgreens. Although the local manager was on board, last year, Walgreens corporate threw a bunch of obstacles in the way of continuing the tradition.
      We’d like to restart that, with an event down at the park. Similar to Howl’ween, we’ll be getting vendors and other organizations and we’ll have games, and other things going on.
      Please contact the Events Committee if you’d like to help with this. When we have a date, we’ll post the vendor application and start really promoting the event.
    2. Adoption Event
      The Events Committee is planning to invite as many local organizations as are willing to participate and set up an adoption event at the park. Please come to a CDA meeting or contact the Events Committee if you’d like to help with this or if you have an organization which would like to participate and/or be represented.

As you can see, we have an EXTENSIVE list of things to get done and. as usual, we’ll continue to hold the work parties. However, this list is more than can be accomplished during a single work party, even if we had 50 volunteers.

So, we’re hoping that we can get people to chip in here and there – maybe even setting up your own “work group” to get one of the things done without an “official” work-party day.

Finally — the physical items on this list mostly depletes our initial sponsorship/wishlist. Although we continue to maintain the Amazon Wishlist, if you have ideas for larger things to improve or enhance the park, which might be sponsored by an individual, group or company, let us know!

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