GLEN ROCK, NJ – The Board of the Glen Rock Dog Park will hold a dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting event 3 p.m. January 1, 2020 to mark the official opening of the Glen Rock Dog Park, which is the only park in the United States dedicated to the 9/11 Search and Rescue animals.  

The one-acre park was made possible through the 5-plus year efforts of the Glen Rock NJ Dog Park 501(c)(3) non-profit organization at no cost to the Borough of Glen Rock.

The Glen Rock Dog Park is an eco-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, community oriented, ADA accessible, multi-generational canine recreation park dedicated to the 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs. More than 300 dogs took part in the search, rescue, and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in Manhattan. The last living person rescued from Ground Zero, 27 hours after the collapse, was found by a search and rescue dog. The last known 9/11 search and rescue dog was laid to rest in 2016.  

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The park was built on a previously unused plot of borough property located at the rear of the recycling center parking lot, 350 Doremus Avenue, between upper and lower Faber fields. The park features small and large dog sections. Future enhancements include agility equipment, seating, running water, pet waste stations and more for both pets and owners to enjoy. With the opening of the new dog park, Glen Rock and surrounding communities now have a safe area for dog recreation and socialization. 

Dog Park organizers said they hope to encourage a pet-friendly community through events and programs, such as wellness and companion animal training sessions and pet adoption days that bring the community together. 

The construction and maintenance of the off-leash park is the sole responsibility of the non-profit organization. The organization has a 10-year site lease with the Borough of Glen Rock. The eco-friendly Glen Rock Dog Park will contribute up to 30 points towards Glen Rock’s sustainable New Jersey municipal certification.

As of January 2019, there were more than 1,000 dogs registered in the borough. All dogs entering the park must be licensed and current with vaccinations. Puppies need to be at least 4 months old to enter. 

All vaccinated dogs and their owners are invited to attend the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1 at 3 p.m.  The park is located at 350 Doremus Avenue (behind the Recycling Center), Glen Rock.

For additional information or to donate to the future enhancements and maintenance of the park, please visit www.GlenRockNJDogPark.org.