Dog Park Reopening Applauded by many “Barks in the Park”

Posted on October 20, 2015

Montgomery Girl Scout Troop 60625’s Underdog Silver Award Team hosted a grand reopening celebration for the new Montgomery Township Dog Park on October 10th. The event featured a

About to cut the ribbon on Montgomery Dog Park’s grand reopening are (l to r): Animal Control Officer Stan Kosinski; girl scouts Grace Rolen, Devisi Ashar, Lucy Law, and Natasha Bottita of Montgomery troop 60625, who built new agility jumps and ran this event as part of their Silver Award Project; Health Officer Stephanie Carey; Deputy Mayor Ed Trzaska holding daughter Maddi; and Committeewoman Pat Graham and her furry friends. The above scouts were assisted by fellow troop members, Samantha Humbles, Emma Kocsis, Rachel Papa, and Emma Pendrous, and their families (not pictured). The park, open daily dawn to dusk, has received new chain link fencing and partitioning from Montgomery Twp. with further improvements planned for next spring.

About to cut the ribbon on Montgomery Dog Park’s grand reopening are (l to r): Animal Control Officer Stan Kosinski; girl scouts Grace Rolen, Devisi Ashar, Natasha Bottita, and Lucy Law of Montgomery troop 60625, who built new agility jumps and ran this event as part of their Silver Award Project; Health Officer Stephanie Carey; Deputy Mayor Ed Trzaska holding daughter Maddi; and Committeewoman Pat Graham and her furry friends. The above scouts were assisted by fellow troop members, Samantha Humbles, Emma Kocsis, Rachel Papa, and Emma Pendrous, and their families (not pictured). The park, open daily dawn to dusk, has received new chain link fencing and partitioning from Montgomery Twp. with further improvements planned for next spring.

ribbon cutting ceremony with officials, dog-themed prizes from local businesses, and scout-led contests like best trick, doggy parade, and the dog fun jump competition.  Dozens of dogs and their owners came out to enjoy the park and to meet some new friends.

The purpose of “Bark in the Park” was to showcase improvements to the dog park, including new fencing from the township. BarkinthePark was a girl scout silver award project by four Montgomery girl scouts, Devisi Ashar, Natasha Bottita, Lucy Law, and Grace Rolen; assisted by their troop and families.  Other work they did included constructing dog agility jumps and collecting 273 used tennis balls for a toy bin at the dog park. The girls also collected donations of 265 sheets and towels for the animal shelter.

Deputy Mayor Ed Trzaska, who presided at the ceremony, along with Township Committeewoman Pat Graham, commented, “It was a pleasure to cut the ribbon on the rebuilt dog park. The park is a wonderful asset for all of the dog owners in Montgomery.  We are currently focused upon making enhancements to our township parks to better meet the needs of our residents.  I would also like to thank the Girl Scouts for organizing the Bark in the Park event.  Everyone in attendance had a great time.”

The Underdog Team of scouts provided this statement:

“We were looking for a Silver Award project which would benefit animals in our community. We talked to Ms. Carey, the township health officer, and she told us about the dog park. We learned that they were putting in a brand new permanent fence to replace the temporary fence and we decided to add on to that and build 5 dog jumps for the park. We also heard through Mr. Kosinski that the animal shelter needed sheets and towels because they couldn’t reuse them between animals. We hope that we have made a lasting difference to our local community with the first #BarkinthePark.”

Health & Animal Control Official Stephanie Carey said, “This is an exciting day for our residents and our canine friends—Getting this park constructed has been a long-term goal of our community, and it would not have been possible without the support of the Township Committee, the Girl Scouts, and people who love dogs from throughout this town.”

Montgomery Township Committee worked in cooperation with Recreation, Public Works, and the Township’s Health and Animal Control officials, to complete construction of the new dog park. The new park includes separate areas for smaller and larger dogs, stronger, more durable fencing, and new agility equipment. Additional amenities, like shade structures, new picnic tables, and a dog water fountain will be available by spring, 2016. The Bark in the Park event was supported by local businesses: ShopRite donated a $25 gift card and T and T Pets provided dog treats and a gift basket to raffle off.

For more photos of the event, go to: https://www.flickr.com/gp/inmontgomerynj/Y3s74H

The township dog park, open dawn to dusk daily, is located at 2261 Rt. 206 in Belle Mead, behind the municipal building near the Public Works salt dome.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Health Dept./Animal Control