Mayor’s Message: Connolly Park has plenty to offer community

Mayor Mignogna talks offerings at ‘49-acre oasis’

Mayor Michael Mignogna

Connolly Park, located along Centennial Boulevard, is a 49-acre oasis. Acquired by the township in 2001, it contains a half-mile lit walking and jogging track with eight workout stations, a large grass field for multi-sport usage, a cricket pitch with synthetic turf, three open-air picnic pavilions and a comfort station with restrooms. A community playground was installed in 2010 and new picnic tables have been added to the park. This year the playground pavilion will be expanded. Connolly Park is also the venue for our Summer Concert Series.

The park is also home to two enclosed dog runs, one for large dogs and one for small dogs, with nearby water fountains and pet waste bag dispensers. Children under the age of 16 cannot be left unattended in the dog runs. The park is open every day from dawn until dusk.

To ensure the safety of our residents enjoying Connolly Park and throughout our community, Township Ordinance 92.21 mandates that no dog or cat shall run at large. Dogs must be on a leash and controlled while walking to and from the dog park. Ordinance 92.22 requires that the dog’s owner must be able to control the animal when on a leash.

Dogs are not permitted to run free anywhere in the township except when in the gated dog parks and only when accompanied by their owner. If dogs or cats are seen roaming unattended, call the police non-emergency number at (856) 428–5400. If the animal appears dangerous or poses a threat, call 911.

All dogs and cats residing in Voorhees must be licensed. For information about such licenses, contact the township clerk at (856) 429–7757 or visit www.voorheesnj.com.

To report maintenance issues at Connolly Park or any township parks, call (856) 428–5499 or email parks@voorheesnj.com.

Enjoy Connolly Park!

• The “Smiles from Kara” 5k Run/Walk will be held on Wednesday, July 11. Race day registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the run/walk will start at 7 p.m. at Eastern Regional High School. The cost is $25 for registration before July 8 and $30 the day of the race. Proceeds will be used to provide financial assistance for sports registration fees, scholarships and donations to local charitable events. Visit www.lmsports.com for more information and registration sign-up.

• The second show in our Summer Concert Series will be Thursday, July 19, and will feature Good Vibrations: A Celebration of the Beach Boys. Good Vibrations blends the vocal layering and studio precision that is a signature of the Beach Boys with the energy of a live stage production. Good Vibrations covers the greatest hits of the Beach Boys and their more than 30 years of making music. The show is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. on the “Great Lawn” at Connolly Park. A “Beer Garden” and food trucks will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.voorheesnj.com or call the show hot line at (856) 882-SHOW.

• The Voorhees Arts Center and Gallery will have its grand opening on Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m. There will be a performance by members of the Voorhees Theater Company and by Miss Camden County, Sophia Vicari. Come see the works of local artists and learn about upcoming art classes and the Tween Summer Camp. The Arts Center is located in the Voorhees Town Center behind the Food Court.

• Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information about tickets visit www.voorheesnj.com.