FAQs

Below is a list of the FAQs which we have received and answered. If you have a question which you feel should be on this list, please submit it to us at faq@chelmsforddogassociation.org.

Q: Why are the FAQs so bare right now?
A: Questions (and answers) will be added as they are presented. The Dogs FAQ will be updated as time allows.

About the CDA

The CDA remains dedicated to supporting local dog owners in all ways, including community outreach and education. The Friends of the Chelmsford Dog Park (FCDP) take on the role to work with the Town of Chelmsford (through DPAC) for maintenance and development of the park itself.

The Friends of the Chelmsford Dog Park is a spin-off organization from the CDA.

In December 2019, the CDA decided to split the organization in order to better handle the tasks of their charter. The CDA remains dedicated to supporting local dog owners in all ways, including community outreach and education. The Friends of the Chelmsford Dog Park (FCDP) take on the role to work with the Town of Chelmsford (through DPAC) for maintenance and development of the park itself.

 

The FCDP will have its own website shortly.

Category: About the CDA
Tags: CDA, DPAC, FCDP

The CDA (Chelmsford Dog Association) is a group of people who worked to build and now maintain the Chelmsford Dog Park. The CDA also has a goal to educate people about responsible dog ownership.

The CDA (Chelmsford Dog Association) is a group of people who worked to build and maintain the Chelmsford Dog Park. The CDA also has a goal to educate people about responsible dog ownership.

In 2013, the CDA was officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit/charitable organization by the IRS.

The CDA had an agreement with the town of Chelmsford to provide volunteers and funding (through donations and grants) for the maintenance and support of the Chelmsford Dog Park. This includes the physical property and the well-being of the park users (both dog and human)

In December 2019, the CDA decided to split the organization in order to better handle the tasks of their charter. The CDA remains dedicated to supporting local dog owners in all ways, including community outreach and education. The Friends of the Chelmsford Dog Park (FCDP) take on the role to work with the Town of Chelmsford (through DPAC) for maintenance and development of the park itself.

For 2020 and going forward, the CDA is focusing on the second half of their charter: Supporting and educating dog owners and will be doing Comunity outreach and holding seminars on various dog-related topics.

 

Category: About the CDA
Tag: CDA

The Dog Park Advisory Committee (DPAC) is a town committe made up of Chelmsford residents who provides advice to the town (through the town manager) regarding the Chelmsford Dog Park.

The Dog Park Advisory Committee (DPAC) is a town committe made up of Chelmsford residents who provides advice to the town (through the town manager) regarding the Chelmsford Dog Park.

The DPAC works closely with the FCDP to determine the most effective use of grant monies for park enhancement and maintenance.

Decisions regarding closures and other site related questions come from the Town Manager’s office, as advised by the DPAC, who represents the interests of the town, and the FCDP who represent the interests of the Dog Park and their members.

As a town committee, the DPAC is subject to Open Meeting requirements.

http://www.townofchelmsford.us/505/Dog-Park-Advisory-Committee

 

Category: About the CDA
Tags: CDA, DPAC

The Chelmsford Dog Association (CDA) was organized in 2009 by several Chelmsford residents.
The primary goal of the CDA, when formed, was to promote responsible dog ownership, educate dog owners (and others) and spearhead the construction of an off-leash dog park in Chelmsford, MA.

The Chelmsford Dog Association (CDA) was organized in 2009 by several Chelmsford residents.

The primary goal of the CDA, when formed, was to promote responsible dog ownership, educate dog owners (and others) and spearhead the construction of an off-leash dog park in Chelmsford, MA.

In 2012, the CDA officially formed as a non-profit corporation and received IRS approval as a 501(c)(3) charitable community organization in 2013.

Although the membership remained small, the core members and board of directors ran fund-raisers, met with town officials, found an acceptable site and won a grant from the Stanton Foundation to build the park.

The agreement with the town was that park would be granted use of the land (2 acres) on the grounds of a former DPW site but that the CDA would maintain the park.

In 2015 construction started and on 2016, the park was opened.

The CDA continued to maintain the park solely through volunteer efforts and donations from CDA members and other park goers.

In December 2019, the CDA decided to split the organization in order to better handle the tasks of their charter. The CDA remains dedicated to supporting local dog owners in all ways, including community outreach and education. The Friends of the Chelmsford Dog Park (FCDP) take on the role to work with the Town of Chelmsford (through DPAC) for maintenance and development of the park itself.

For 2020 and going forward, the CDA is focusing on the second half of their charter: Supporting and educating dog owners and will be doing Comunity outreach and holding seminars on various dog-related topics.

Category: About the CDA
Tags: CDA, history

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