Can I walk my dog on this trail?
  • Although we love our furry friends, no dogs are allowed on Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) property within the Sudbury Reservoir watershed. This applies to trails throughout town.
  • Dogs are allowed at Beals Preserve, Breakneck Hill Conservation Land, and the Town Forest. Even on these properties, all dog waste must be packed out. The poop fairy is not real and will not retrieve the bags you leave behind.
  • The reservoir serves as backup drinking water and strict regulations are in place to help keep the watershed and water clean and free of pollutants.
  • "Pet waste poses a serious threat to water quality as it is full of bacteria and viruses that can be harmful to people and wildlife, and nutrients that can cause harmful algal blooms." DCR Educational Flyer
  • "Dogs are fed processed foods or people food that results in an excess of nutrients in their waste and the environment. Wild animals on watershed property consume natural sources from the ecosystem and return nature to nature in their waste." DCR Public Advisory

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1. What is the Boroughs Loop Trail and why should you care about helping to close the gap?
2. How much would it cost to build this trail from scratch (for example if there was no existing access road and Southborough wanted to invest in building a new trail)?
3. Are you seeking other funding sources?
4. How will the project expand if the Trails Committee can leverage CPA funds for a MassTrails Grant?
5. Why is Southborough being asked to install a fence around this structure? What is the purpose of the fence?
6. Why is the fence so expensive (I can put up a fence in my backyard for $xx)?
7. What is the town’s liability if the town pays to install the fence?
8. What style of signage is being considered?
9. What outreach are you doing to connect with the trail neighbors?
10. Can I walk my dog on this trail?
11. Will there be parking?