Harrison is a close suburb of Newark, being only about 5 miles from its downtown area, and located on a sharp curve in the Passaic River. It was formerly an industrial town and many commuters from the surrounding areas flocked to it. Today, it is transforming into a residential and service sector community with road and rail service to Jersey City and Manhattan. It is crisscrossed by several large highways, which make it an easy trip to some of the dog-friendly activities that surrounding communities offer.
West Hudson Park is one of the dog-friendly activities you can find within Harrison’s town limits. It combines active with natural, passive space on 46 acres. Various sports facilities and a playground are in the park, along with winding pathways and Fairy Lake. Walk your pup over the 4 miles of paths, and in the summer, cool off in the spray of the fountain. There’s even a shaded gazebo and a bridge over the lake. Fishing in the lake is permitted, so throw out a line from the bridge or shore with your best pal by your side. Puppers must be leashed while in the park and the picnic areas. Pawsome fun and relaxation!Head to the dog-friendly restaurant named Spanish Pavillion for a bite, which features a large outdoor patio and classic Spanish dishes like paella and tapas. Their longstanding, authentic Spanish chef and host knows exactly how to make you and Fido feel comfortable and welcome. And full!
This neighborhood is home to Veterans Plaza, an open, dog-friendly area that connects the Harrison Library grounds to the town's main US Post Office. It features a large grassy area surrounded by shade trees where you can walk or rest with Fido, and which can be accessed by either Harrison or Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. At one end is a memorial to 9/11. This neighborhood is also home to Nino’s Ristorante and Pizzeria where you and your fur-buddy can stop at one of their outside tables to enjoy a traditional Italian pizza or entrée, followed by some cannoli if you have room! And don’t forget to share with your bestie!
The Lincoln Park Dog Run is in Jersey City, a couple of miles east of Harrison across the Passaic. The dog run sits outside, but is attached to the 273-acre Lincoln Park which features a Nature Walk, part of a wetlands restoration project called the Hackensack RiverWalk. The park is also crossed by the East Coast Greenway, which is perfect for strolling, running or biking with your furry bestie. With numerous venues for organized sports like softball and soccer, the park also features a 3-acre lake for fishing, with Fido in tow. While outside the dog run, he must be leashed. The Dog Run itself fully fenced and well maintained with sand and grass to run and play. It provides waste bag dispensers, a water source, and lots of seating for the humans, along with 2 double-gated entrances. Make this your next destination when you’re in the Harrison, NJ area with your fur-pup!
The Edgemont Memorial Park in this neighborhood of Montclair is surrounded by roads and residential back yards, yet it feels like it is far from the hustle and bustle of a subdivision. It features a bike and foot paths, and a pond with fountains and ice skating in winter. Fido is welcome here on leash, and can even join his human for summer band concerts in the park. There is a shelter house if the weather is unpleasant, with restrooms and a water source for your fur-baby. While the human kids play on the playground or softball diamonds, you and your bestie can stroll along Toney’s Brook, the outlet for the pond, or just have a sit and rest. The Canadian Geese that frequent the park during their migratory travels are a nuisance to some, but their antics can be entertaining, especially for canine members of the family.
This neighborhood in nearby Montclair is home to Brookdale Park, in which sits the Brookdale Dog Park. Surfaced with gravel, this park features agility equipment if you and Fido are in the mood to work out, and drinkable water, along with handy waste bags and a separate small dog area for the easily intimidated or injured. There’s sitting space for you, and this park is very large, allowing for unending running and fetching. When you’ve played and run enough and need sustenance, don’t miss Bonjour Montclair Café and Creperie, a pet-friendly restaurant that will serve you and your furry friend crepes, mousses, sandwiches and other yummy French family-style dishes. You won’t be sorry you did! Bone appetit!