Rec board says no to Shires dog park

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Residents attempting to bring a dog park to Egg Harbor Township were turned down for the second time by the township’s Recreation Commission Wednesday, March 14.

Dog park supporters gather at the site of the Shires Park, which was rejected as a possible location by Recreation Commission. Dog park supporters gather at the site of the Shires Park, which was rejected as a possible location by Recreation Commission.

The group, led by Donna Burns, had presented its idea of creating the dog park at Shires Park, a township-owned property located behind Home Depot off the Black Horse Pike. Burns’ idea was initially denied by the commission during a February meeting. Township Committee then asked the commission to reconsider the proposal at its March 14 meeting, with Burns present in person to present her concept.

Despite the second effort, Burns said the commission decided that Shires Park was not a proper place for a dog park. Instead, it wanted to meet with the Township Committee to find a more suitable spot.

Recreation Director Robert Lincoln said commission members were concerned about having a dog park in close proximity to the softball field and basketball court that are located at the park.

Last year a proposal to build a dog park on county-owned land along Pine Avenue was turned down by the county and Township Committee. Burns’ group then began researching the Shires Park site as an option.

Burns said she was sad that another proposal was denied and was hoping for some resolution.

Lincoln said the group’s ideas have only been batted around from one governing body to the other because of the details in each of the plans, rather than a lack of support for the dog park idea itself.

The proposed meeting between the two bodies was yet to be scheduled as of Wednesday, March 22, according to Township Administrator Peter Miller.

Lincoln said the commission is hoping Township Committee will inform them of other township-owned land that may be suitable, such as a separate isolated parcel.

“Having everyone in one room certainly would expedite things,” Lincoln said.


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