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Dog Park Planned for Black Oak Ridge Road

Town receiving grants to finance the project.

A 4-acre dog park and playground is being planned for the former W.R. Grace & Co. site on Black Oak Ridge Road near the intersection of Pompton Plains Crossroad.

The park will contain separate fenced-in areas for large and smaller-sized dogs, a playground and a walking path.

Mayor Christopher Vergano said the town will receive a $99,000 grant from the Passaic County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund and a $350,000 grant from the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program. 

Vergano said construction should be completed by Spring 2012.

The site, also known as the Wayne Interim Storage Site, was contaminated by thorium processing activities between 1948 and 1971. It is a former Superfund site.

Site remediation began in June 2000 and was completed in December 2001.

There are several parks, including , in the town where people often walk their dogs, but none of them have fenced-in areas exclusively for dogs.

Jonesy from Wayne July 29, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Wayne needs a dog park, hope everything goes well and it gets done.
Keit February 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
This site should be a memorial for the lives that this company destroyed to make a buck. Good luck bringing your dog or god forbid your kids here.
Anonymous July 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Radiation?
Rod Mendez September 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
A dog park...on a toxic waste site...nice. I'll stick to the Mills Reservation.
Denise Erianne March 05, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Can't wait for this to open! Shouldn't have a playground, needs to be kid free.

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