There are thousands of dogs in Ridgewood and neighboring communities. That’s thousands of taxpayers who believe dogs are important to their families.

“Somewhere else?” Where exactly? There are thousands of dogs in Ridgewood and neighboring communities. That’s thousands of taxpayers who believe dogs are important to their families. And yet there is no adequate open space where these taxpayers can bring their dogs to socialize and exercise — both activities which lead to better behavior, less aggression, less barking, etc. The old park was an imposition on the homeowners because the county didn’t do its research and instead created the conditions that resulted in overcrowding and barking.

There is a new dog park to be built in Van Saun Park. With the open space there, I hope the county will learn from its experience at the Duck Pond and do it right this time.