Park Is a Privilege

Jun 28, 2017

To the Editor:

I am writing about the article (“Growling Over Rules May Provoke Barnegat Light to Ditch Dog Park”) and a letter by Jud Aaron, both in last week’s issue, complaining about the park’s rules.

First, I am a dog owner who uses the park and am grateful it is there. The rules that Barnegat Light has put in place seem incredibly reasonable to me. Requiring proof of your dog’s vaccinations and paying $30 (for the full year) for nonresidents? I’m not sure how you can argue with that. I am glad to know the other dogs in the park are vaccinated, and I think most other park users feel the same. These rules are there to protect all of the park’s users as well as the borough.

Dog owner or not, if I was a resident I would thank the council for implementing these rules. I was sorry to read in the article that borough employees have to deal with some rude dog owners about the dog park. I am guessing they deal with rude people about other issues as well. Perhaps a lot of the issues are going to subside after the transition period this season when people become aware of the requirements. Maybe I am being optimistic.

I understand the disappointment of showing up with your dog and not being admitted because you are unaware of the new rules, but if you are down here even for a week, call your vet and have them email you a copy of your dog’s proof of vaccination, and get a card key for the park. Maybe it’s a little inconvenient, but not very.

Based on the information in the article, I can understand the council asking if the park is worth it. I really hope the issues calm down and the dog park is continued. In the meantime, thank you to the council and the residents of Barnegat Light for the having the park.

Regarding the letter from Jud Aaron of Philadelphia in the same issue, it made me scratch my head and wonder if he really feels that the rules are so unreasonable. Or maybe he is opposed to the park and is trying to inflame the council and throw some fuel on the fire.

Whether Mr. Aaron is a frequent visitor to LBI or a one-time-only visitor, he and the rest of the park’s users should realize that the dog park is a privilege and if the rules seem inconvenient, think of how inconvenient it would be to not have the dog park at all.

Mike McHugh

Harvey Cedars


Comments (1)
Posted by: Jean D Ragone | Jun 30, 2017 07:07

I took my previous dog to the old BL dog park, only once. I never went back. Dogs had dug large holes in the dirt. Many owner's had not picked up after their dogs. The park was littered with bottles, cans and trash. There were filthy tennis balls and other toys laying around. As I was leaving a township worker pulled up and began cleaning up.

I think what BL has done with the park pass is an excellent idea. The cost of maintenance will no longer be borne solely by the BL tax payors and people can fee a bit more comfortable that other dogs st s minimum has an up to date rabies shot.

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