Bergen County's furry four-legged friends will be getting a new place to romp by this fall as construction work on a dog run at will begin in July.
The $50,000 project includes fencing, benches and running a water line to provide refreshment for the canine customers, in a secluded spot near Parking Lot 4 in Area E which is not far from the S.O.S. Gardens and Continental Avenue entrance in River Edge.
Work to get the bark park created began with an online petition that garnered 230 signatures from residents not only in River Edge but also in nearby towns as well. The governing bodies in Oradell, Paramus and New Milford along with River Edge approved resolutions in support of the Van Saun dog park as it would allow not only owners a place to socialize but promote responsible pet ownership and the enforcement of dog-control laws.
River Edge Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo had previously met with Bergen County Director of Park Ronald Kistner to , away from the Zoo and pond with adequate buffers.
The dog run should be ready by early fall and will have a stone dust surface, separate areas for small and large animals and a poop-bag dispenser, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.
Currently, Bergen County dog owners can take advantage of dog runs at County-owned parks in Wallington, Lyndhurst, Woodcliff Lake, Leonia and Ridgewood. Additional municipal owned locations include and Maywoodwhile borough officials in are still in the planning stages for their own bark park.