Lesser Amendment Supporting the Construction of a New Service Dog Memorial and Dog Park in Chicopee Passes the Senate

BOSTON — The State Senate voted to approve a budget amendment proposed by Senator Eric P. Lesser that provides $75,000 in state funding for the construction of a Service Dog Memorial and Dog Park to be located on Westover Road in Chicopee. The park will be the first in this Chicopee neighborhood, providing recreational space for residents. It will also include a unique memorial to service dogs. The project is a redevelopment of land that has been unused for decades.

“This park will be a great addition to the Chicopee community, making good use of land in a neighborhood that has long needed community green space,” Sen. Lesser said. “The beautification of this land will boost property values and serve as a place for our community to gather, for families to relax — and for dogs to enjoy, too.”

The funding must now be agreed to by the House of Representatives before heading to the Governor for his signature.