September 25, 2015

A round of aPAWS for the new dog park!

The new dog park is a great opportunity for residents and dogs to enjoy the community. There was aPAWS all around at the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Middle Smithfield Township’s new and improved re-located Dog Park.

The Dog Park, which is now located on 108 Leroy’s Lane off Rt. 209/Milford Road (just before you get to the National Park), features two wide open spaces with taller fences and plenty of running room for dogs to stretch their legs. The spaces are separated for small or large dogs, and the whole park is open to the public from dawn to dusk and is free for all dogs and dog lovers to enjoy.

The Dog Park was formerly located at the Judy Putek Memorial Park, where it was already a very popular park. In its new location since the “soft” opening earlier this summer, the new Dog Park has quickly become one of the area’s most popular parks.

The park contains a walking path around the outside of the dog runs for residents to walk with or without their dogs. The park provides shade, running water, seating areas, and ample “barking”.

The park’s success is the result of a community effort by local volunteers, many of whom also volunteer on various Township committees like the Parks and Recreation Committee. Abigail Graham, Parks and Recreations Chairperson and the Lead Park Coordinator for the Middle Smithfield Dog Park, expressed her appreciation of the volunteer residents, saying “this would not have been possible without the efforts of the community and collaborative efforts with the township.”

Township Supervisor Mike Dwyer offered similar thoughts during the ribbon cutting ceremony, mentioning the hard work of the Township’s Public Works crew and the dedication of the diverse group of volunteers. “Parks are key elements of building a sense of community, “ Dwyer said, “We all know dogs are man’s best friend, so we thought it was time that best friends doing something for their dogs.”

Present at the ribbon cutting celebration were nonprofit organizations like AWSOM, represented by new president Sandra Fellon and Camp Papillon Rescue. Both were accompanied by furry companions who shook paws, licked faces, and generally approved of the re-located park.

Sandra Fellon, president of AWSOM said “The Middle Smithfield Dog Park is a great example of what vision , planning, and collaboration can do. Many passionate dog lovers saw a need and made a plan. The park will benefit the entire community to provide a social setting for pups to play and an area that other organizations may access, such as AWSOM. Congratulations. Hope this is the first of others to follow in areas throughout the county!”

The new Dog Park is located on 108 Leroy’s Lane, East Stroudsburg PA 18302, right off of Route 209/Milford Road. More information can be found on the Parks and Recreation page here, for by phone at 570-223-8920.
Are you interested in participating in projects like this? Join the Parks and Recreation Committee! Contact Parks and Recreation liaison Erin Groome for details at 570-223-8920 x119, or

Read more about the ribbon cutting in the Pocono Record