The town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey has a single dog park that came out of a unique program by the local government. Called the community policing initiative, several years ago about twenty police officers were assigned to different neighborhoods in the town. In this particular neighborhood, the assigned officer decided to transform an underutilized, overgrown park into a dog park, thereby solving several community problems and creating a beautiful new space for the town’s canine residents.
Unfortunately, all dogs are banned in public parks in the town, except for the dog park, so this park would function as one of the town’s only places to exercise dogs in a natural area. As pet owners know, a dog that has been worn out from a day of play is a happy, well-behaved pet. In addition, the park would see more use from the citizens.
In 2014, the park opened. It features an optional small dog section, a sanitation station, and a wide-open 2-acre space for playing and running. Often, you’ll find a regular crowd of friendly locals and their spunky pets hanging out in the evenings.
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With fields all around, creeks running through, and dog friendly restaurants, the neighborhood of Parkside Pohatcong is sure to please dog owners and their four legged companions! Looking for a wide open space to run around? The Parkside Ballfield and Lock Street Ballfield both offer green space by the plenty while games are not in session! The Parkside Ballfield borders along a nice treed area leading you and your pal to Lopatcong Creek, where your pooch can have a cool off after a game of playing ball! Just a quick jaunt up Lock Street, you will find Lock Street Park, with areas to walk and benches to sit. Hungry? Check our Bella Mia Pizzeria with your dog, it’s pup friendly!
Delaware Heights is a smaller neighborhood in Phillipsburg, but it has something that many others don’t; a designated dog park! That’s right! This perfectly situated neighborhood is right next door to Delaware River Park, one of the best places to go for a relaxing walk in the park with your pooch along the trails, as well as lots of space for your best friend to stretch those four legs off leash! The Delaware River runs along the park as well as the neighborhood, so no matter where you are, you and your pup can take a walk down to the water and have a splashing good time!
Buckley Hill Drive is one of those unique neighborhoods where many of the houses back onto a nice big green space, where they can open their doors and walk right out into the beauty of nature! All residents are able to utilize the Jade Lane Rear, a nice and relaxing treed area with lots of trails and places to relax. Towards the North of the neighborhood rests Marble Hill Natural Area, a place where you and your pup can wander the trails, pack a picnic, and spend the day at the sites in this park. Benches and tables can be found throughout for resident’s enjoyment.