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It’s a Dog’s World

Grove Community’s off-leash dog park is a must for your mutt

PHOTOS PROVIDED by julie brennan Above, two dogs play with one another at a prior event in the dog park. Below, a group of dog owners gather for a photo at one of the first dog birthday parties at the park held in 2019.

FLEMINGTON — Grove Community’s off-leash dog park has been a hit amongst members of the community. Whether you own a dog yourself, or you enjoy the company of other dogs, this fairly-sized fenced-in dog area may be for you!

Flemington Borough Council took this project in 2019 after Tourism/Chamber Director of the Clinton County Economic Partnership, and active member of the community, Julie Brennan, brought up the idea.

Brennan is a dog owner herself and she saw the need for a place in which dogs could roam around, safely.

Brennan said she first brought the idea to the borough’s recreation committee chairman, Wayne Allison.

“As a resident of Flemington — and as a dog lover and dog owner — I brought the initial idea to Wayne as chair of the Flemington Recreation Committee, then to borough council,” Brennan said. “I walk my dog, Max, daily and had seen so many fellow dog-owners around the neighborhood.”

Brennan felt Grove Community Park is such a nice park and thought a dog park could be a great edition.

“Council was receptive to the idea, and we moved forward from there. Borough Secretary Charity Walizer-Etters applied for a couple of grants and we got support from the Flemington Hi-Neighbor Committee and a number of private donations to make it all happen,” she said.

With Brennan’s help initiating the project, the Flemington Borough worked to get this park up and running.

The dog park project cost a total of $7,500 and the borough was awarded a PPL Tourism Grant to help with the formation of the park.

The park consists of a fenced-in area of grass welcoming puppy paws from all over Clinton County to enjoy; a dog waste area where waste bags and waste cans are offered; a bench for sitting while your dog is at play; and a community dog drinking dish that they can drink from if they wish.

The borough asks that if you plan to bring your dog to the Grove Community’s off-leash dog park, you are able to control your pet.

If your dog is not social, please be sure to be present while your dog is socializing among other dogs, Allison said.

Rev. Don Grant, pastor of Hillview Wesleyan Church in Flemington and member of the Clinton County Community Foundation explained how he is consistently seeing the park being used by new families every day. Grant said he lives behind the park near the church and can see the activity from his back deck.

“I see dogs along with their owners at the park anywhere there from 7 in the morning until after dark hours. Often, it is not surprising to see more than 10 dogs in there at a time,” he states.

“I can tell you the dog park is used a lot… by Flemington folks and others from all around the area. There are groups of dog owners who meet there regularly so both they and their dogs can socialize,” Brennan said. “The SPCA has used it as well. My dog loves to go there.”

Brennan noted that the borough’s maintenance crew has been doing a wonderful job of keeping the area neat and clean “like they do the rest of the park.”

The borough asks that anyone who brings their dog to the park cleans up after themselves. There is a spot near the entrance of the park dedicated to empty water bottles/cans and used dog toys so that the park remains as clean as possible.

Flemington Borough’s Chairman Pro-Team, Traci Kuntz, who uses the dog park often said, “As a dog owner myself, I am very happy to see the park being utilized, safely.”

There have been no issues reported at the Grove Community’s off-leash dog park as members of the community have been doing their part in keeping it a safe place for young families, and most importantly, for the dogs of Clinton County.

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