It was a true testament to “governments working together” as representatives from Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, North Caldwell Mayor Joseph Alessi, members of the township council and government officials from Essex County municipalities joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Chief of Staff Philip Alagia as they announced the development of a new Off-Leash Dog Park at Hilltop Reservation in North Caldwell.
Douglas Hopper from Remington and Vernick discussed the plans in detail. The Hilltop Dog Park is designed as a double gate system for small and large dogs. The dog park will be slightly less than 35,000 square feet in total and the small dog area will be about one-quarter of an acre, while the large dog area will be about one-half an acre.
The ground will be made of a stone dust surface that is currently used in other dog parks in the area and works well for drainage, according to Hopper. The entrance to the dog park will have a decorative gate, brick-paved pathway, information kiosk and new landscaping.
The inside area for the dogs will include apparatus structures (ramps and tunnels) for the dogs to enjoy, benches for the dog owners, garbage cans and receptacles for dog bags and the entire area will be fenced in. Hopper added that he has a dog of his own and knows how playful dogs can be, so the dog park will also have a convenience station at the exit with a hose to clean the dogs off after their visit to the dog park.
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