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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 . 

There were times during the process where it looked like the might not happen as it was to Oak Glen. There was a 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 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.

Anthony Mazza July 20, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Really. A Dog Park? We're getting killed in taxes and these people open a Dog Park Is this a joke? This town has gone to the dogs! GOTTO GOTTA GO!!!!!!!!
seventeen July 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Yes, Anthony......64 square miles in Howell?......many parks, including the Reservoir....., yet we (the taxpayers) are forced to provide and maintain ($$$) a Dog Park for lazy, Special ppl. One of our manager's Pet Projects. Lots of history on that old site.....howellnjdotcom. gotta laugh with your last three words.....I've been saying that for awhile now...... "Gotto's GOT-TO GO"! He has a bad temper. Good thing he missed the last meeting and the ppl from Equestra didn't have to deal with him. He (Gotto) is one nasty, son of a gun!
seventeen July 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM
oh, how could I forget.....excuse me, but ('wishful thinking)..... "Gotto's 'Got-to' Go"...and, take his 'side-kick' (Nicastro) along with him. That'd be nice. :)
Mary M July 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM
So glad my tax increase goes to such a "worthy" cause. Next - something for the birds? Who thinks up this stuff? While some families in Howell are using the food bank to feed their families while the township goes to the dogs! Makes no sense!
eggs July 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM
New to the area-but think a dog park is great. How much $ does a fence cost? Leave the mutt's alone.
Piper Williams August 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Very thankful the dog park is here. We are actually one of the last towns to have such a park and it is great to have a place to socialize your pooch. There may be a few posters who could benefit from such socialization as well. :)
Chip August 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Move out of NJ if you don't like the taxes, simple. Stop being such a BABY! WAH WAH WAH!
Eddie August 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Amazing how so many haters here want to deprive "dog people" a place to congregate. These same people want playgrounds and ball fields for their kids. The taxpayers are getting "killed" as some of these commenters said by RE taxes mostly for schools for “lazy special” kids!!!!! So how about reducing taxes for people without lazy special kids and allocating that burden to the parents of said kids. Increase class sizes, reduce waste and levy more taxes on the parents of those using the system. Would you haters like that? Your rude, disrespectful, socially inept kids should be as well behaved as the dogs in the dog park! Smarten up! I want to personally thank the Mayor and the council for the dog park - it is about time. And as for you folks who want to go go go - then GO!
Kayla December 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I took my dog there and he came down with mange and some internal parasite worm thing, yuck!! This was his first time at a dog park, and is never with any other dogs so it had to come from there. That parks can get pretty gross these days. Just not maintained. We will never go back!!

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