NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – New signs have been posted, and the Playground and Recreation Commission means business. Playgrounds and ball fields are not doggy bathrooms, and anyone violating the “No Dogs Allowed’’ bylaw will be charged and fined.
The signs, larger and more obvious than previous signs, were installed Thursday, Playground and Rec Commission member Robert Parker said.
At a recent game, Parker said he watched a woman boldly walk right past a “No Dogs Allowed” sign and walk her dog on Lasell Field. When he approached the woman about the ban, she said she didn’t see the signs, he said, but later in the day he saw the same woman at the other end of the field, the dog semi-hidden behind the bleachers.
Parker said the ban has been in effect since Nov. 9, 2009, when the Northbridge Board of Selectmen and Town Counsel OK’d the Playground and Recreation Commission Policy and Procedure Manual.
The policy states, “All residents and non-residents are hereby forbidden from bringing any and all dogs and/or any pets onto any town athletic and/or playground facility in which the youth participate in any type of sport or recreational activity.’’
“Anyone found to be in violation of the PRC rules and regulations … is subject to criminal charges and any fines,’’ Parker said.