GLEN ROCK, NJ – In what is sure to be a popular event among Glen Rock’s 1,000-plus dog families, the first ever Doggie Swim will take place at the Glen Rock pool on Monday, September 16, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Monday, September 16, 2019
6 pm – 7pm – Small Dog Swim
7 pm – 8 pm – Large Dog Swim
Location: Glen Rock Municipal Pool, 390 Doremus Avenue, Glen Rock
The pool paw-ty is open to registered Glen Rock dogs and their humans. Pre-registration is required and to participate, attendees must register. Space is limited. There may be a waitlist, as well.
Residents are invited to register their pups for a doggy swim day at the Glen Rock Kiddie Pool before it is drained for the end of the season. Dogs must have a current valid Glen Rock license. They must be accompanied by a leash handler 18 years and older. Humans are allowed in the water up to their knees but are not allowed to sit or swim.
Dogs must be on a leash upon entering the pool facility and remain on it until entering the gated kiddie pool area. Dogs should be walked before coming for a swim but in the event of an accident, owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.
• No aggressive dogs allowed (any dog exhibiting aggressive behavior will be required to leave)
• Every owner takes full responsibility for his or her dog at all times.
• This event will be held weather permitting. If the weather becomes a safety issue the event will be postponed or cancelled.
The event is the brain child of members of Glen Rock NJ Dog Park is being built at no cost to the Borough through the efforts of the non-profit group founded by Glen Rock resident (and Girl Scout) Michelle Hillock, 20. The park is the only canine recreation park in the United States dedicated specifically to the 9/11 Search and Rescue dogs.
At the request of members of the Glen Rock Dog Park non-profit and with the support of local residents, Katie Frey, Glen Rock’s Director of Parks and Recreation, researched and prepared a proposal for approval by the Glen Rock Borough Council to hold the first ever “Doggie Swim” at the Glen Rock pool. Joint liaison, Councilman Michael O’Hagan brought the proposal to the Borough Council, where it was unanimously approved at Monday night’s work session.
“I’m extremely excited for this event as it brings even more attention to the fact that our dog park will soon be opening," O'Hagan said. "I am proud to be involved in such a fun event and overall worthy project for our town.”
“This type of event has been requested for several years and we’ve always said no for various reasons," O'Hagan said. "This year, after discussing and researching the idea with colleagues who hold similar events, and speaking with our pool staff and engineers, we were able to make it happen. We’ll start small this year and see how it goes.”