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.
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