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HAMMONTON - The town of Hammonton is about to get a whole lot cuter with the opening of a new dog park in April.

“Our group of volunteers was formed over two years ago,” said Shelley Weckerly, president of the Hammonton Dog Park Volunteers. “At first our goal was raising awareness of the upcoming dog park and then we were called upon to raise the actual funds to purchase the fencing.”

The dog park will be located just off of Moss Mill Road at the Boyer Avenue recreational park, behind the soccer fields.

“We have purchased paw print signs to let you know that you are going in the correct direction and they will be installed before opening,” said Weckerly.

There is no size restrictions for the park, but it is required that dogs are licensed to enter the park.

“When you register your dog with the town you will be given your FOB, so you need that to enter the park gates.”

Also, dogs must be well-behaved.

“As an owner, you know if your dog does not get along with other dogs, so taking them to the dog park to “break them” of that may not be the best idea,” Weckerly said. She also stressed that owners must be aware of how their dog is acting in the park as certain behaviors, like aggressiveness, will have to be addressed.

The dog park will have its grand opening on April 1 at 11 a.m., with a rain date of April 2. According to Weckerly, the grand opening will include a guest appearance by Jason Cameron of DIY Networks, as well as dog-centric vendors.

Weckerly herself is very excited for the new park because she will be able to take her two dogs there.

“I will be able to take my girls to exercise and socialize off the leash without driving 30 minutes,” she said. “I think that if everyone is a responsible owner, the park will be a great place to make new canine and human friends!”

Once the park officially opens, owners and their dogs can go out there anytime between dawn and dusk.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning more about the park, meetings open to the public are held on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. People also are more than welcome to visit the dog park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hammontondogpark/ to learn more information.

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