Bayonne’s dogs have some friends in their corner. PetSafe, the pet products company, has awarded the Port City a $5,000 grant to upgrade their dog park facilities at Dennis P. Collins Park on 1st Street.
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“On behalf of the City of Bayonne, I would like to thank PetSafe for this grant, which will enable us to get new equipment for our dog park facilities, which are being renovated,” says Mayor Jimmy Davis.
The grant is part of PetSafe’s “Bark for Your Park” program.
Collins Park and its two dog parks are currently undergoing major renovations, including new dog parks for large and small dogs.
Several new features will be prominent: K-9 grass; resurfacing; dog fountains; waste stations; new equipment and fencing.
The City’s grant proposal to PetSafe states: “A park equipment award would transform both dog parks from enclosed, largely empty spaces into a delight for dogs and their owners alike.
“Dogs and their dog owners who utilize the park will benefit first and foremost from this funding. The dogs will have more opportunities to run and play outside in an urban area that otherwise does not provide for such important physical activity.”
According to PetSafe, to be considered for a grant, communities were asked to provide documentation about the park and authorization from civic leaders. The company received 215 applications in 2017, surpassing all other years of the program.
After reviewing the applications, PetSafe selected 25 communities to receive grants. Since 2011, the company has helped fund 64 dog parks in 40 states.
The funding from PetSafe will help supplement the impact fee from the Port Authority, which is financing most of the Collins Park improvements.
Bayonne is in good company — joining Honolulu, Hawaii; Kansas City, Missouri; and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico on this year’s list of PetSafe grant recipients.