Princeton Dog Park Alliance Launches Community Support Campaign

PRINCETON, NJ — The Princeton Dog Park Alliance, a group working to establish a dog park in the municipality, recently updated its website and is inviting more community involvement.

In November last year, the Alliance made a presentation to Council highlighting the overall benefits of dog parks. Council members expressed their support for the proposal.

“We are working with the Municipality of Princeton to create a public-private partnership to develop one or more dog parks,” said Calvin Chin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dog Park Alliance. “We have formed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are soliciting funds from the public to help create and maintain controlled facilities for owners and their dogs,” he said.

The updated Princeton Dog Park Alliance website provides information and updates on the proposal. The group has so far raised over $2,000 for their efforts.

“We want to work in cooperation with the municipality and its many dog ​​owners,” Chin said. “We envision the municipality designating public land for the group’s use and providing infrastructure support for the parks. The Dog Park Alliance will be responsible for operations and some upkeep and maintenance.”

In August 2019, a Dog Park Task Force was formed, led by Councilor Mia Sacks. The task force explored options for potential sites for a dog park and considered the various logistical issues associated with operation and construction.

Then, in mid-September last year, a petition started circulating on calling for off-leash hours for dogs in public parks. The petition collected 351 signatures.

Community members also met with councilors Mia Sacks and Letitia Fraga to express their support for a dog park. Read more: Will Princeton have a new dog park? Advice for chatting on Monday

According to the group’s presentation to Council last year, a large dog park or smaller neighborhood dog parks are proposed. The dog park task force has also identified various plots of land for this purpose.

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