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Boy Scout's Dog Park Project Moved, Officials Say

After neighbors expressed concerns about the original location, it was moved to a more discrete area—though officials aren't saying where just yet.

In response to complaints from residents, a Moorestown Boy Scout has had to relocate his plans for a dog park.

Scout John Matthews, who is creating the park for his Eagle Scout project, had proposed putting the park on an unused field at Pryor Park.

However, township manager Scott Carew said nearby residents of the proposed location, upon hearing about the project, expressed concerns over, among other things, noise from dogs barking and owners not cleaning up after their pets. 

As a result, the park has been moved to a new location—though Carew and members of council involved in helping the Scout get the project off the ground were reluctant to identify the location until all the due diligence had been done.

"Where we're looking now is not an active park (like Pryor)," said Carew, who mentioned that the Open Space Advisory Committee was responsible for suggesting the new site. "It's a passive park."

John, a member of Boy Scout Troop 44 at the First United Methodist Church, is in the process of planning fundraising activities, including a dog fair at Moorestown Day on June 1. Corporate sponsors who make large donations will be identified on a sign installed at the park, and individual donors who want to memorialize the name of their pet ($50 each) will also be acknowledged with something permanent at the site of the park, according to his plans. 

He pegged the cost of the project at between $10,000-$15,000, all of which will be raised by John and his fellow Boy Scouts.

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Roll Over April 09, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Who didn't see that coming! Just complain and they will go away. Works every time.
Treefrog April 09, 2013 at 07:32 PM
It is sad, but true. Some pet owners do not pick up after their pets, which makes it bad for everyone who is responsible with their pets waste. At the park I go to things could not be made any easier for clean up, bags and poo pots are located right at the entrance.
Treefrog April 09, 2013 at 07:36 PM
I wish Scout John Mattews the best of luck in obtaining his Eagle Award goal. It will bring joy to many pet owners and their dogs when it is complete. My dog and I look forward to it.
Tyler Durden April 09, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I don't get this. People were worried about dogs barking and people not cleaning up after them? Really? Well let's look at this: - Dogs at a dog park don't bark incessantly. People come, they let their dogs play, they leave. They're rarely there for very long. And dog parks typically close (I would assume) at dusk, as would this one, I'm sure. So if people had their dogs at the park during the day, and they were barking, wouldn't most of the people who lived nearby be at work? - So if a dog poops in the park, and the owner doesn't clean it up (which I would guess is the exception, not the rule), how does that inconvenience the neighbors? Are they thinking of trudging through the park at night and worried about accidentally stepping in it? Or is it the smell they're concerned about? Because I gotta tell you, a few piles of dog doo isn't gonna smell unless you've got your nose in it. Again, I ask, what's the big friggin' deal? Sigh. The people in this town.
John April 10, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I heard neighbors also scuttled the proposed fire station on Hartford Rd. I guess people would rather have their houses burn down than hear the occasional siren.
Our Town April 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM
I wouldn't want it next to me, although I don't know of the proximity of the homes to where this was proposed. That said, I've seen plenty of dog owners in this town fail to take responsibility for their pets and cleaning up after them. There are a lot of dog's in town, so perhaps the dog park may have more than a few piles of poo left to fester in the summer heat and humidity. Aside from that, yes, many of the neighbors might be working but so would the dog owners. When then might the park be most crowded, that's right, evenings and weekends which is exactly when I wouldn't want to be listening to a pack of excitable yappers.
Diana April 10, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Why don't the Burris Construction Co. pick up the tab for this pet park? They are raising money for the pitiful 20x20 "park" on an extremely busy corner in town. "Park"??? Got to be kidding. I wouldn't let my kids loose in that "park" because of all the traffic.
Regina Petsche April 10, 2013 at 03:01 PM
I wish John all the best on his project. It's a wonderful plan and one that has been needed for some time. These delays are all part of the learning experience, which will only serve to make his efforts more meaningful in the future. I understand the concerns of the neighbors and hope that a mutually agreeable solution will be found soon. Good luck, John
Maureen Santoro April 10, 2013 at 05:30 PM
I can only 2nd and 3rd Gree Gree's comments!!! Good luck John - please don't give up.
stacy schaffer April 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM
I'm with Tyler and John!
Double Doggin' April 14, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Agree with Old Town, wen you can't even get your own neighbors to pick their dogs crap off neighbors lawns would they really do it at a dog park? The dog barking would be a problem. In fact, I don't know how the residents on Mindy and Beth dr deal with hearing the barking at the dog kennel behind them. Wow! Did some jogging and walking through there and heard the barking constantly. Maybe it should be in remote spot like the leak compost area? But it is a bad nuisance to deal with.
Tori April 19, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Shame on the residents who crushed this plan before it even had a chance to get off the ground. Have any of these complainers ever been to a dog park or are they even perfunctorily familiar with canine behavior?! Dogs don't "bark incessantly" while in a dog park. They play, they sniff, they leave. Owners are actually more likely to clean up after their dog in a dog park because their dogs are running around in it. (And the other dog owners are watching to make sure you're cleaning up). Besides, Pryor Park is already a frequently used location for dog walkers/off-leashers. The park would have kept the dogs contained rather than having them run freely all over the playing fields. The locals who take their dogs there will continue to do so anyway. Good job shooting yourselves in the foot. Best of luck to John Matthews. I hope he can see his idea to fruition.

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