FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington’s Prescott Field has long been a favorite place for locals to exercise their dogs, but the droppings left behind have posed a sanitary problem for athletes using the field and a cleanup chore for the groundskeepers.

Franklin Savings Bank and UMF have teamed up to solve the problem and keep the field open to dogs and their owners by installing a dog waste station at the entrance to the field. The station dispenses bags for owners to use to pick up the waste and a garbage can in which to dispose those filled bags. Franklin Savings Bank bought the station and furnishes the bags. UMF will maintain it.

“It was a win-win for everyone involved,” said Shelley Deane, senior vice president for administration and human resources at the bank in a bank news release. Deane frequently takes her German shorthair pointer, Gretchen, to the field. “Gretchen loves it here and we are so glad we can keep it open for everybody.”

“People have already told us ‘What a great idea,’ and thanked us for doing it,” said Julie Davis, director of athletics, fitness and recreation. “The fields are a great connection with the community, UMF and healthy outdoor activity. We appreciate Franklin Savings Bank’s support, and now we want everyone to know it is here. The more dog owners participate, the better the environment is for everyone,” she added.

“People are using it,” said Bob McCully, grounds landscaper at UMF, who indicated it has been emptied since installation.

“Student athletes and all other recreational users will appreciate the gesture as well.” said Davis.

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