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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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Jan Hopman July 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM
what a wonderful idea. How lovely if somehow a water feature (sprinkeler/wading pool)could be incorporated to cool our pooches during the "dog days of summer". Jan Hopman
JamesTS July 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Great idea. That area is really ugly and should be put to good use. A dog park would get more people out in the parks too. Theres already a fence here. good location.
zizi July 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Another money drain....... the way it is proposed. It is good idea but we need to be creative how to fund it. Why not get a corporate sponsorship for the project and sell the naming rights to the park and spare the tax payers some money.
maria July 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
what a wonderful idea!!!and i also love Jan H from above idea about the sprinkeler/wading pool.
Keith Kaplan July 25, 2012 at 01:06 PM
How about adding a spray ground while we're at it!
Keith Kaplan July 25, 2012 at 01:06 PM
and are there any plans for the boarded up building?
Keith Kaplan July 25, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Tim, that is profoundly inappropriate.
shimon baum July 25, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Will the dog's taxes be raised to build it?
Tee Smyth July 25, 2012 at 01:50 PM
For what? Gotta love our council. LOL.
Mary C July 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I think it's a great idea... it's difficult sometimes to have to load the car up to take the dog to Overpeck, as wonderful as it is.... Phelps would be walkable from many parts of town... and a great use of space gone to waste! The corporate funding idea should be investigated... Hartz Mountain, etc do community projects in Jersey, maybe they'll expand!
Keith Kaplan July 25, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Corporate Sponsorship WAS mentioned last night under council listed items by Councilmember Schwartz. I believe it was under "Teaneck Parks Conservancy". Councilmember Katz also mentioned the "adopt a park" program and FDU since they are right across the street.
Jacob July 25, 2012 at 04:18 PM
This idea should be put on a referendum to the residents along with the question of whether they want the return of the 5 day workweek.
Keith Kaplan July 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Why should it be a referendum? We elect leaders to make decisions for us. This isn't a matter that will affect the town in some fundamental way.
zizi July 26, 2012 at 01:07 PM
We should make the dog park conditional with corporate sponsorship or increase the dog license fees to pay for the park. I don't think talking about something is enough.
zizi July 26, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Keith: That is a great idea. Are you donating the spray ground?
zizi July 26, 2012 at 01:10 PM
We should increase dog fees if we can not secure corporate sponsorship.
zizi July 26, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I agree with you Jacob. Every new project that will cost the tax payers should be done with consent of the tax payers. 4 day work week is a joke. All town offices should be open 5 days a week.... this idea of 4 day work week only works for the town employees and not the town residents.
Debbi S. July 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
If the township can find some funds to create a dog park, I say why not? zizi, you can't really believe that our taxes will go up if a dog park is created! The township collects a nice amount in dog license fees already, I'm sure! Overall, we already pay taxes through the nose & get limited services - I say if the township creates something for their canine owning families - it's a good thing! In general, taxes in Bergen COunty are sickening - I grew up in Nassau County - my parents paid less taxes for a larger house....had garbage pickup included - I actually used to bring large items to them for disposal! & I got to take drivers ed - for free- at the local H.S. when I was a teenager. A dog park would be giving something useful to the community - but, I can understand that people who don't own dogs, won't agree!
Tom Abbott July 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Teaneck does not have the authority to change dog license fees to pay for such a project. It is controlled by state law.
Tom Abbott July 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
When the dog park was discussed at town council meetings 4 or more years ago, the cost for the dog park was estimated by the former town manager at about $7,000. This was to include construction of the fencing. In this proposal, the plan is to use the current fencing. As the manager has just been asked to look into this, we should find out what the actual cost might be relatively soon.
Keith Kaplan July 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Nor should they - look, reasonable people can disagree on what amenities the town should have -- from programs for toddlers to programs for seniors and parks, and even dog parks. But we are a town. The idea that Zizi brings up of having a townwide referendum every time something will cost money is ludicrous. We have an elected body and a manager in this town. Their job is to do their job. If you don't like it, you can recall them or vote in someone else. As for the idea that only the people that benefit from the dog park should foot the bill.... Where are you going to draw the line? Should only parents pay for public schools? Should only seniors fund their programs? Should only...... We are a town, we have shared expenses. If you don't like something, you are free to mention it at a council meeting. But this idea of "you're on your own" for EVERYTHING has gotten out of control.
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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