A plan to create a public dog park in Egg Harbor Township is nearing fruition, with the drafting of a lease for property on Ridge Avenue and a ramping up of fundraising.

Township Administrator Peter Miller said he expects an amended lease to be completed this month allowing the Police Athletic League to sublet a section of township-owned land at the intersection of Leap Street and Ridge Avenue for use as a dog park.

Donna Burns, a Bargaintown resident and chairwoman of the EHT Dog Park Committee, said this is the closest the group has come in nearly five years of work.

Prior proposals, with locations along Pine Avenue and Shires Park in the Cardiff section, both fell apart in the last year.

“I really believe that it’s off the ground,” she said. “Now, we’re only working out some of the different concepts of how PAL and I will share expenses.”

Once completed, Burns said the dog park will take up about an acre of PAL’s equestrian park, which is still in the works. The two organizations will share a parking lot.

The final design will likely include separate areas for small and larger dogs, she said. Owners will pay a small fee each year to pay for park maintenance. None of the expenses will fall to taxpayers.

“We’re hoping to leave as many trees as we possibly can for shade and aesthetics,” she said.

Meanwhile, Burns said she’s ramping up fundraising to pay for the necessary construction and engineering work on the site. That process will begin today with a fundraiser at the Mays Landing Country Club.

“It’s obviously to raise funds, but we also wanted to keep the public aware that we’re still working on this,” she said. “It was such a long process that when we run into people, they thought it was done. They didn’t realize we were still working on it.”

If you go

What: Pawsta Dinner

When: Today, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Mays Landing Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing

Cost: $25

More info: www.ehtdogpark.com

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