(Atlantic) The Atlantic Park and Rec. Board Monday evening gave their blessing to Park Director Roger Herring to move forward with a proposal to the Atlantic City Council for fundraising for construction of a dog park at the Schildberg recreation area. Herring says it would cost a little over $10,000 to construct the park and he doesn’t want to use taxpayer money to do it.
“The fundraising would go towards the installation of fencing, benches, and other amenities that would go out there, and a little bit of grading, but the lions share would go towards fencing,” stated Herring.
The rest of the money would be used for apparatus for the dogs to play on. Cass County Naturalist Laura Kanning serves on the committee. She sees the need for the dog park as a market tool for campers.
Herring says they have considered a Dog Park at Sunnyside as well, but right now the focus is on the Schildberg Recreation Area.
“We have a lot of people walking and running dogs at the Schildberg Recreation Area and consequently we have had a few altercations out there between dogs and owners. So with an off leash dog park, they will have a place to go…just cut ‘em loose and let them run,” Herring said.
Herring says the park consists of about four acres. Three-quarters of an acre would be fenced off for small dogs, (30-pounds or less) and the balance of the Park would be for larger dogs.
December 18, 2012