Many of you are blessed to own a dog, and know the unconditional love of your precious pet and four legged family member. Our dogs bring us joy and companionship beyond measure. Our dogs eat with us, sleep with us, play with us and walk with us. Many patrons of Asbury Woods bring their dogs for a walk along the greenway trails. We encourage people to enjoy the natural beauty of Asbury Woods. Walking the trails promotes health and wellness for human and canine alike.
Safety is another important component of the Asbury Woods trail experience. We want our patrons and their pets to be safe on the trails. When your dog is on a leash, it protects them from wandering off the trails. It also ensures safety when patrons may meet along the path. Dogs are protective of you and their immediate territory. Any dog can become aggressive if they feel threatened or unsure of the situation at hand. When those situations occur, it will be an uneventful encounter on the trail if both animals are on a leash. Many walkers, runners and bicycle riders use the trail system, also. That is another scenario where the situation is always safest when the dog is leashed. Be proactive, not reactive... keep your dog on a leash.
On August 8, 2000, Millcreek Township Supervisors enacted Ordinance 2000-15: An Ordinance of Millcreek Township imposing upon owners, keepers and custodians of animals a duty to keep such animals under restraint; declaring unlawful the allowance of disturbing of the peace by animals and allowance of defecation by animals upon private or public property without immediate and proper removal; establishing penalties for violation; and containing repealor and severability clauses. Associated fines with this ordinance begin at $50.00 and increase with each offense. For more information, or to read this ordinance in its entirety, visit the township website.
Millcreek is fortunate to have a free fenced dog park at Horstman & Sons Country Store located at 3803 West Ridge Road. This dog park is free and open to the public 24 hours per day throughout the year. The only requirement is that the pet owner must file an application listing the current vaccination records for their dog. The application is available at Horstmans. When you bring your dog to the park for the first time, introduce your pet to the other dogs using the park from the outside of the fence. Give your pet the opportunity to become familiar with the area and the other animals. Once you have established their compatibility, bring your dog inside the fenced dog park. This is a safe, fenced area to let your dog run and play.
Owning an animal is both a privilege and a responsibility. Your dog is a member of the family, too. Keep them safe. Keep your pet on a leash. Bring the whole family, and enjoy the trails at Asbury Woods.