Kearny, NJ – On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the Town of Kearny held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Off-Leash Dog Park. Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Council Members Carol Jean Doyle, Susan McCurrie, Eileen Eckel, Albino Cardoso, Marytrine De Castro, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, and many Kearny dog enthusiasts attended the opening. The dog park is located in Riverbank Park, approximately 400 feet south of the South Midland Avenue and Passaic Avenue intersection, adjacent to the Kearny Community Garden. The dog park is just over 200 feet long and varies between 87 feet and 81 feet in width at the opposing ends. It is 16,950 square feet in total area, with a small dog area of 6,430 square feet and a large dog area of 10,520 square feet.
The new dog park is designed to enable individuals to be fully interactive with their dogs in the center of the park. Each off-leash area has a concrete walkway with bench seating area and a water fountain. Additional key features include a surface material of Eastern Walking Trail Mix, which is comprised of 3/16-inch crushed granite screenings, and is laid to a nominal thickness of 4 inches. Mature trees around the perimeter of the park were preserved and new shade trees were planted to augment shaded areas. In addition, each off-leash area has a 3-gate system for entry and exit. The first gate provides access from outside the park into a small entry area. From there, a second gate allows access into the park. A third gate is used for exiting the off-leash area. This provides safe entry and exit by multiple dogs at one time.
The park’s design and features were the result of a team effort that incorporated residents’ suggestions, research by Department of Pubic Work Parks staff and Neglia Engineering, and coordination with local area dog-enthusiast groups. The contractor for the project was Reivax Contracting Corp. The project was completed on schedule for the awarded amount of $300,303.00. Approximately half of the cost was funded through the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund.