Long Awaited Dog Park to Open Tomorrow
Years of planning finally realized
It has taken years of planning, multiple locations and assistance from a variety of sources but tomorrow morning Howell residents will finally be able to bring their favorite four legged friends to the new "Bark Park" at Oak Glen Park.
There were times during the process where it looked like the dog park might not happen as it was moved from its originally planned spot to Oak Glen. There was a renewed effort last year that helped give the project its final push to fruition.
Councilman Robert Nicastro said he was glad to see the park opening for the community this summer. "I think the dog park will be another great park asset to our community and a park our community can be proud of," he said. "The park can be used for all sizes of dogs with plenty of room to run around securely with the other benefit of the owners to enjoy the beautiful view of the nature surroundings."
As part of a busy meeting on Tuesday the council adopted the rules for the park which are included in this story. The rules include owners cleaning up after their dogs and carry a leash at all times. There are also no aggressive dogs allowed, dogs that are in season or puppies under 4-months-old allowed in the park.
Dogs at the park also must have a valid license and be vaccinated. It is also recommended that they be spayed or neutered.
Township Manager Helene Schlegel said a lot of work went into finally getting the dogs around town a place to play. "The Township would like to thank the former Recreation Advisory Committee for their work in making this dog park a reality and for their volunteerism for the betterment of the entire community," she said.
Schlegel said several other groups and individuals contributed to the completion of the park. She credited local companies like the Ramtown Animal Hospital, Squankum Kennels, the Hungry Puppy Corporation, Spirits Unlimited of Howell Township and Golds Gym for their contribution. Schlegel also thanks the Khaitan/Larson family, the Dalley Family, Philip and Nadine Cabrera, Ray Cortez Jr. and Philip and Margaret McGinn for their help during the process.
Weather permitting a grand opening ceremony is scheduled to be held at 9:30 on Saturday morning. The park will be open from dawn until dusk.