By KRISTINA SCALA
The Moorestown Sun
A dog park may be coming toMoorestown in the near future.As part of an Eagle Scout proj-ect, Moorestown Boy Scout Troop44 member John Matthews pre-sented council with his plan tocreate a dog park in John PryorPark. Members of council ap-proved Matthews’ idea for thenew dog park on Monday, Feb. 18.Matthews said he wanted tocreate a dog park for residentswho would normally let theirdogs off leash on outdoor recre-ational fields.“This obviously isn’t a goodthing. It messes up the sportsfields and it’s also not really safefor the dogs. I thought it would bea good idea to create a dog parkfor these people to have their dogsrun around off their leash andgive them a place to do thesethings that would not really harmany other part of the town,” hesaid.Matthews estimated the projectto cost between $10,000 and$15,000. He said the Boy Scoutswould build benches and tablesand work on landscaping to cre-ate shaded areas. A contractormust put up the fencing.Township manager ScottCarew said the township doeshave a cap on what can be done onpublic property. He said if thefence contractor’s proposal isabove $14,187 the contractor willhave to pay prevailing wages,which will raise the cost of thecontract.“Anything you can do to keepthat number below $14,187 wouldmake your life a whole lot easier,”he said.Matthews hopes contractorsfor the fencing would be willing todonate their time and materialstoward the project, but those do-nations were not included in theestimate.“It’s better to be safe,” he said.The plan to raise money for theproject is to host fundraisingevents, including a dog fair atMoorestown Day on June 1.The fence system will includedouble gates for pets to safelyenter and exit the park as well asseparate fencing for maintenancevehicles.Matthews said he hopes to re-ceive contributions from localbusinesses as well as individualsponsors. Individual sponsorswould be recognized with a signon the dog park site if he or shedonates $50, he said.Carew supported the idea of having individual sponsors at thedog park, but he suggestedMatthews should consider plac-ing a “rules and regulations” signat the park.
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