Dog park opens in Rockport

By George Chappell | Dec 10, 2012
Photo by: George Chappell Board members of the P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center's new dog park on Camden Street in Rockport unveil the sign at a ceremony Dec. 8. From left are Marty Lepow, M.C. Ingraham, Nancy Laite, Sally Russillo, Lisa Sojka, John Scholz and P.A.W.S. President Jean Freedman-White.

Rockport — Local dogs can now run freely and get plenty of exercise, thanks to the newly-opened dog park in Rockport.

The P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center opened the Jean H. Kislak Community Dog Park Dec. 8 on a two-acre parcel next to the animal shelter on Camden Street in Rockport.

P.A.W.S. board members and members of the public and their dogs attended the ceremony.

P.A.W.S. board members M.C. Ingraham, Nancy Laite, Marty Lepow, John Scholz, Lisa Sojka, Sally Russillo, and Jean Freedman-White and members of the public who came from Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Appleton, Owls Head, Belfast and other neighboring towns, were among those attending the unveiling of the new sign and a ribbon-cutting in front of the park itself, which consists of two adjacent parks for large and small dogs.

The park is made possible by a gift from P.A.W.S. board member Jean Kislak of Rockport and Miami, said P.A.W.S. President Freedman-White in a news release.

“While Mrs. Kislak was unable to attend the opening she sent her best wishes and was thrilled to hear about the event when I spoke with her after the opening,” Freedman-White said.

“Mrs. Kislak has worked with us on all aspects of developing the park and looks forward to bringing her dog Emma to the park when she next comes to Rockport,” Freedman-White added.

Thank-yous were also given to Charles and Julie Cawley, Lee Scully, Lee and Nicholas Wyeth, and Judy Wolf for donating the benches in the park, Freedman-White said.

Joe Ryan of Camden designed the sign and Dorr Signs of Rockport made it. Freedman-White said the land for the park was purchased earlier this year with the financial assistance of local donors, including the Medicas and the Morecrafts.

Freedman-White thanked PAWS vice president John Scholz who worked with all the contractors to develop the park and said that “no matter how bogged down things got, John dealt with the situations with a smile and a firm hand.”

As for the future of the park, Freedman-White said that in the spring the parking lot will be paved, the park will be seeded, and water will be brought into the park for dogs and their owners.

The park will be opened year round from sunrise to sunset, Freedman-White said.

Anyone interested in more information about the park may go to the shelter’s website at





Comments (2)
Posted by: Joe Ryan | Dec 10, 2012 16:04

Michelle - must have been your timing.  Our two dogs were having a grand time with about 10 other dogs.  We are very fortunate to have this in our area.  Please dog owners, keep an eye on your dogs, pick up after them and we will all enjoy this little slice of dog heaven for many years to come - Ginny Ryan

Posted by: Michelle Hannan | Dec 10, 2012 11:18

This is wonderful and we are so happy to have this.. We visited on Sunday, but no other dogs and a little muddy.. But that won't deter us.. we will get a lot of use of this park. Thank you for all of your hard work and working to meet the needs of dog owners in the community.


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