WARETOWN, NJ – Rather than toys, some parents plan adventures as holiday gifts. Puppy owners might want to think along the same lines.  While it may call for a temporary IOU, promises of Ocean Township’s upcoming dog park should bring yaps of joy.

In September, Township officials announced intentions to open a section of Waretown Memorial Recreational Park for canine entertainment.  Last week, the project moved forward as an area of the lake marked for the dog park was staked out.

“The size of the dog park will be approximately one acre,” announced Deputy Mayor Ken Baulderstone. “There will be two equally divided areas that will allow for the separation of large dogs and small ones.”

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This week, plans are to put up a rope that will mark off the specific area of the dog park’s location. Ultimately, fencing will be placed behind the tennis courts to contain the dog park. According to Baulderstone, the Township is in the process of contacting companies to obtain quotes for the cost of the fencing.

Part of the project also entails clearing the underbrush and leveling the ground. Township employees will be performing the work. “Minor tree removal will take place,” Baulderstone shared. “The Department of Public Works will remove deal trees and trees in the area of the fence line only.”

Baulderstone did not supply a proposed date as to when the dog park would open. However, he promised to share the progress of the project during future committee meetings.