Dog Park Considered in Teaneck

Phelps Park eyed for possible off-leash dog run.

A long-shuttered area of could become a dog run after council members asked the township manager to explore the cost and scope of converting the space.

An area of the Phelps Park pool, which has been closed for several years, could serve as a dog park, Councilman Elie Y. Katz proposed at Tuesday’s council meeting. The land already has a water supply, fencing and is removed from nearby homes.

“Phelps Park is the first park that we did a trial on for having dogs with leashes in the park and it’s been a very successful trial and we’ve had zero complaints,” Katz said.

Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen said petitions asking for a dog run in Teaneck have amassed hundreds of signatures.

“The idea to utilize the existing fencing at Phelps is a tremendous idea,” the deputy mayor said.

A proposal to build a fenced dog run in hit a snag after officials learned environmental studies would be required. Another proposal to use land across from on Windsor Road also met with concerns over wetlands.  

Cost estimates for fixing the Phelps pool came in at upwards of $700,000, according to Township Manager William Broughton.

Overpeck Park in Leonia offers the closest off-leash dog run to Teaneck. Work on a is also moving forward.

Does Teaneck need a dog park? Share your view in the comments section below.


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zizi July 26, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Debbi: You are so right..... I don't want the tax payers to shoulder the cost of the proposed facility. I am 100% sure that the bureaucracy that supports the pets licensing program probably cost more than the revenue Teaneck obtains in terms of pet licenses. The tax payers should unite and tell the decison makers that we don't want to pay more in taxes. It is time to cut down on the expenses and lower our taxes. Any new project should only be considered if the town can bring in newer revenue outside of raising our taxes.
Keith Kaplan July 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I agree with you, Tom. Not to mention that the boarded up building and the current state of the pool have to be taken care of at some point. It would be nice to have something take its place - if it's something that will get neighbors together and talk to one another, all the better.
John Santaella July 29, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I think a referendum should be had as to whether town employees should have an hour lunch break or a 45 minute lunch break. Seriously, wasn't a dog park proposed/created a few years ago in the park bordering Windsor Rd?
Tom Abbott July 30, 2012 at 01:40 AM
The park you are referring to is called Windsor Park. According to the Teaneck township website FAQ in answer to , "Can I walk my dog in the park?", the answer is "No, dogs are not allowed in the Township's parks, with the exception of a designated area in Windsor Park." This does contradict Elie Katz's statement in the article which says, "Phelps Park is the first park that we did a trial on for having dogs with leashes in the park ..." Though there was a proposal for an off-leash dog run, the idea was abandoned from public discussion some 3 or 4 years ago.
Larry Gilbert January 13, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Can't wait to check out the new dog run at Phelps Park. Great idea for use of the space where the pool used to be.


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