Cherry Hill Township plans to open a dog park in the spring

Dog playing at dog park
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SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Cherry Hill Township is one step closer to creating a dog lover’s paradise.

It recently announced plans to establish a one-of-a-kind dog park — a project that has been in the works for some time to honor the township’s push for more open spaces.

The park is expected to open in the spring near the historic Croft Farm Arts Center. It'll be leash-free, allowing dogs to roam freely in a cleared, fenced-in area. There will also be a fenced-in wooded trail, giving dog owners a place to enjoy outdoor activities with their canines.

“It’s coming at just right time for what’s going on in this world,” said Mayor Susan Shin Angulo. “With COVID happening, it gives an alternative.”

It will be close to Camden County’s Challenge Grove Park and other recreational facilities, too.

The park will have separate spaces for small and large dogs, plus a covered pavilion — separating the dogs and uniting pet owners, said Councilmember Sangeeta Doshi.

“It’s a place, I think, that brings people together,” she said. “You can be Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative — people love their dogs, and it shows people what they have in common. Especially in this pandemic, people seem to value the open space even more.”

Parking improvements, irrigation, benches and fences will be included. Construction gets underway at the end of October.

“It shows the public that we’re willing to invest more in our open spaces,” Doshi added. “It’s just a happy place for people to get together, and I think we need more of that for people’s mental health.”