(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council approved the Park and Rec. Board’s proposed dog park project Wednesday night. Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Roger Herring appeared in front of the Atlantic City Council to explain the project that would be located on 2.4 acres of land adjacent to the yard waste site. The Dog Park would consist of two compounds, one for dogs 30-pounds and smaller, and the other for larger dogs.
“We believe there is a need for this type of facility,” stated Herring. “National research indicates that 39-percent of Americans are dog owners, 28-percent of those own two dogs, and 10-percent own more than two dogs. And in our area I think that may be even higher.”
Herring added that the off leash park would be a great amenity for the community and the future campgrounds that are being built in the area.
“The dog park would also provide an area for dog obedience classes and we have some great trainers in town but they lack for a facility,” said Herring.
Atlantic City Councilman Shawn Shouse said he was skeptical at first but after watching one work in the city, he has since changed his mind. “It works really well; the dogs don’t bite when they get in there. It would be a great addition to the city.”
Herring says it will cost around $14,000-to-$15,000 to build the park and the goal is to establish the facility through fundraising and without using tax payer money.
January 24. 2013