Walker wanted to know where and when the study of potential sites had been done and where the information or report from the study was available. She also wanted to know with whom the mayor had consulted and why no one from Mill Street was among those consulted. She noted that the original GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the dog park had been created by Tiffany Martin Hamilton and alleged that it was a conflict of interest, suggesting that Hamilton wanted to build a dog park "for her own personal use," ignoring the fact that the first GoFundMe campaign was initiated in June 2014, eighteen months before Hamilton became the mayor of Hudson.
Walker also took issue with the notion that Charles Williams Park was underutilized. She shared her opinion that riverfront park and other Hudson parks are underutilized and claimed that Charles Williams Park was regularly utilized. She said that when she moved to Mill Street ten years ago, she was concerned that a dog park was part of the plan for the adjacent park and was told that the plans for the park were not "written in stone." She insisted that the City find a better location for the dog park, declaring, "No one on that street wants the dog park there."
Walker's protest was countered by Verity Smith, who agreed that it was wrong for the residents of Mill Street not to have had a voice in deciding the location, but went on to say, "The dog park shouldn't not be there just because a few families don't want it." Smith argued that parks--including dog parks--are a community good and predicted, "We're not all going to be happy with the outcome."
Responding to Walker, DePietro noted that the mayor who had vetoed the resolution was no longer the mayor and stated, "The entire issue will be revisited by the Council and the [new] mayor."
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