ELIZABETH/ROSELLE, NJ - Residents and their dogs were on hand as the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially cut the ribbon and opened the Warinanco Dog Park in Roselle this past Saturday.

The new dog park is located behind the Warinanco Sports Center located at 1 Park Drive in Warinanco Park, Roselle. The opening was attended by local elected officials, county freeholders and dozens of county residents and their dogs.

“This new dog park in the eastern end of the County will complement the existing dog park in western Union County,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, who attended with his dog, Bingo. “The Freeholder Board is proud to provide this more local option for dog lovers and owners. As a dog lover myself, I am personally excited to see the county continue to flourish and offer residents diverse resources to accommodate their dogs, which like them, are part of Union County.”

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Freeholder Alexander Mirabella and other municipal dignitaries from Elizabeth and Roselle, and County directors were on also on hand. The ribbon-cutting was also attended by dozens of County residents and their dogs of all sizes, ranging from St. Bernards to Chihuahuas.

Hot chocolate, coffee, and donuts were on hand for dog-lovers to combat the chill in the air as the county’s furriest residents became acquainted with the newest dog park. Gift bags filled with treats and other goodies provided by Kong and Earth Rated were given to each canine attendee.

“When Freeholder Sergio Granados became Chairman, I asked to meet with him in January to discuss the option on building a dog park in my hometown,” said Ruby Contreras from the Elizabeth Public Information Office. “We then decided that Warinanco Park was the perfect location as it allows other dog owners from the surrounding towns to come together as well. As a dog mom, I am proud to say that I helped make this happen not only for dogs but for dog parents everywhere.”

The Warinanco Dog Park is a newly constructed public facility. It features separate large and small dog areas. Each area is equipped with agility equipment, dog-waste stations, pet-friendly water fountains and seating for dog owners.  The Warinanco Dog Park will operate on the same schedule as all Union County parks, with access available year-round from dawn to dusk on a daily basis.

First Photo Features: Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella cut the ribbon officially opening the new dog park in Warinanco Park in Roselle. They were joined by Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner, Parks Director Ron Zuber and council members from Elizabeth and Roselle. 

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