If some local dog owners have their way, their pups will be running free at Mills Reservation located in Cedar Grove and Montclair.
A petition was created asking Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. for off-leash hours:
Mills Reservation is a beautiful wooded area that provides a great place for people to walk, run, picnic, birdwatch and to enjoy the great outdoors. Currently, dogs are allowed in the park only if they are leashed. We are asking the county to consider allowing some hours each day for dogs to be off-leash. There are many benefits to dogs and their owners if dogs are allowed to run free. We also respect the wishes of those who prefer to walk in the park without dogs running freely and off-leash hours would benefit them as well.
Many parks now have off-leash hours, including locations in New York City, Boulder CO, Dallas TX, San Diego CA, Raleigh NC, and many more. These programs have been very successful and allows everyone to enjoy the park. Some NYC parks allow dogs off-leash from sunrise to 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to sunset. We request that Essex county provide off-leash hours so that dog owners can legally walk their dogs off-leash.
Do you think off-leash hours for dogs at Mills Reservation is a great idea or will it cause Mills Reservation to go to the dogs? Take our poll: