Dogs are a part of the family, and like taking kids to the playground, you want to take your dog outside to run and exercise.
“End of summer and beginning of fall is a great time to get out and see the leaves change and the township’s natural resources,” said Bridget Palmer, township communications director.
Cherry Hill offers numerous trails and public areas to spend time with your pup.
Additionally, the county’s dog park by the Cooper River is a popular place for socialization.
“The Cooper River [dog park] is one of the smaller parks in the county system,” said Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash, head of the county’s parks department, and also a Cherry Hill resident. “We’re looking to expand the dog park there.”
The park is split into two sections, for large breeds and small breeds, based on weight.
Nash takes his Labrador mix, Norman, for walks in the township’s trail system, in addition to taking him to the park by the river.
According to Nash, the county is considering widening the area as much as possible to accommodate the popularity of the park.
“We want to make it so there is more shade for people to sit under on the benches and for dogs to sit in the shade,” Nash said.
The turf’s quality has deteriorated in portions of the park and needs replacement or possible improvement.
“We’re going to see if we can expand as much as we want, but there are some environmental restrictions,” Nash said.
Despite the township not hosting its own dog park, it makes sure it’s a dog friendly place to live.
“None of our public parks are off-leash,” Palmer said. “It’s very much the same you see in any other town. We ask you curb your dogs and clean up after them.”
There are 10 trails in the township, that are inviting for people and their pets to work out and explore.
“We’ve seen in the last few years a lot of people walking along our trails. Our humans and our dogs enjoy the areas in the township,” Palmer said.
According to Palmer, the Borton’s Mill trail located behind Croft Farm has seen increasing popularity over the years.
“Neighborhoods of people get to know one another walking along there,” Palmer said. “It seems to be especially popular for dogs.”
The creek adjacent to the trail is inviting for a swim or a drink, on a leash.
According to Palmer, residents have been inquiring about bag stations to assist residents with clean up.
The township is investigating the greatest need and usage before moving forward with plans.
“It’s a terrific place to walk your dog and exercise. You get to see the beautiful scenery,” Nash said. “Norman appreciates the dog parks in Cherry Hill and the county.”