Here is an artice from the Asbury Park Press and it shows some costs and figures. At least the RAC got a small mention for all their hard work. After all the negatives can we finally call this a win for all parties?
HOWELL — The township will unleash its long-awaited dog park in Oak Glen Park Saturday, a project that cost $31,461.
Funding for the project, which was in negotiations for six years, came from donations, reserve funds and township funds. A portion of the funding, $3,642 in donations, stemmed from the former Recreation Advisory Committee in 2011. Reserve funds, Old Builders contributions from developers for park improvements, were $22,000 and the remaining $5,819 came from township funds.
Two fenced-in areas make up the Howell Township dog park — one for pooches weighing under 30 pounds, a second for dogs bigger than 30 pounds.
Fencing was the heftiest cost, totaling at $28,335, according to Township Manager Helene Schlegel. Benches cost $2,471, signs $625. The remaining $30 went toward paint.
Tracey Dubey of the Ramtown section took a peak at the park during Howell Day, July 7.
“It’s smaller than I thought it was going to be, but the benches and the facility look great overall. I can’t wait to use it,” said Dubey, who owns Pluto, a 6-year-old pit bull and Bobby, a 10-year-old dachshund.
Dubey thinks the dog park, which is the first in Howell, is long overdue. “It definitely adds something for the residents who have pets that would utilize it. It adds value,” she said, explaining she will probably visit the area a few times a month. “It’s a great way to get together and exercise our ‘fur babies.’ ”
Veronica Rizzitello of Farmingdale is looking forward to bringing Roxy, her 3-year-old pug to the dog park. “I think it’s a good idea. I’ve actually been wanting something like this to come around. It’d be fun to bring Roxy. She’s a maniac, so it would be great to let her interact with other dogs,” said Rizzitello.
Rizzitello, who says she may take Roxy to the park every few weeks, also thinks the park can become another venue for the community to interact with each other.
“You can walk around, have other friends come with their dogs and it can be a cool get-together place,” said Rizzitello. “I would like to get other people we know that have dogs. Your dogs get to have little friends, and it can get the dogs to rid some of their energy. It’s not good to keep them in the house all the time. Everybody wins.
“It doesn’t even seem like a whole lot of money, it’s like a low-end Lexus price,” said Rizzitello, when told the park’s cost.
A township notice regarding the park was sent out Wednesday, stating dogs that are aggressive, not in season and under 4 months old are not permitted. Residents can only bring dogs that are vaccinated and have a valid dog license.
All residents are invited to the official opening at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The park, available to all New Jersey residents, will be open from dawn to dusk daily. Oak Glen Park is located at 251 Preventorium Road.