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January 01, 2020

NJ Town To Dedicate Dog Park On New Years Day

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Glen Rock, New Jersey is going to the dogs.

The town will ring in the new year with a dedication ceremony for a new dog park honoring search and rescue dogs worked in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. The park is the brainchild of Eileen Hillock and her daughter Michelle.

January 04, 2020

Every Dog Has It's Day At The Newly Opened Glen Rock Dog Park

Glen Rock's new dog park has seen a great deal of traffic during the past week after its official opening on Jan. 1.

Resident Michelle Hillock, back from a college semester abroad, was there with her family to see her Girl Scout Gold Award project come to fruition.

Cookies, for dogs and humans, music and Chase from "Paw Patrol" greeted the many happy dog owners who watched as their dogs raced around in an atmosphere of pure glee.

January 02, 2020

Glen Rock's Dog Park Dedicated to the 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs

Dog owners and their four-legged friends now have a new place to visit in Glen Rock.

The town's first ever dog park is open, giving locals a place to play with their pups and socialize with other canine owners.

On Wednesday, a ceremony was held to dedicate the park to the 300 search and rescue dogs who took part in recovery efforts at Ground Zero following Sept. 11, 2001.

A group of dedicated residents has spearheaded the years-long effort to bring a dog park to town. It is completely privately funded through donations and grants, including a $5,000 one from the Greater Bergen Association of Realtors. 

January 01, 2020

New Dog Park Opens With The Help of GBAR Grant

On Jan. 1, 2020, Glen Rock, N.J., held the dedication for their first dog park dedicated to the 9/11 search and rescue dogs. Over 300 dogs took part in the search, rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in Manhattan.

As a sponsor, Greater Bergen Realtors® is excited about this project and the equipment that is being purchased with the Placemaking Grant sponsored through the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The equipment will be invaluable as they begin their AKC Good Citizen and companion animal training sessions, host pet adoption days, and more. In addition, the equipment will also differentiate and enhance their beautiful park from others in the area, making it a destination location and a true community gathering place.

November 17, 2019

Glen Rock Dog Park Gets VIP Visit From Sargeant Bernstein

While Congressman Josh Gottheimer visited the Glen Rock Dog Park in its beginning stages of construction, he would admit Jamie Hazan and his working dog Sergeant Bernstein, were the most honored guests of the day.

 

On Sunday, November 17, Glen Rock Dog Park organizers met at the future site of the park, which has recently broken ground after five years of fundraising and planning.

"Thank you all for coming and putting an exclamation point on this project," Eileen Hillock, mother of the original organizer Michelle Hillock, said as she got her daughter on the phone from overseas so she could share the moment.

Michelle Hillock, a 20-year-old Glen Rock resident who is currently spending her college semester abroad in Ireland, got the ball rolling as a Girl Scout Gold Award project, with the assistance of her mother, Eileen Hillock. Eileen was in the South Tower during the 9/11 attack and is now the Board President of the Glen Rock NJ Dog Park. 

November 17, 2019

Congressman Gottheimer and 9/11 First Responder Visit Future Site of Glen Rock Dog Park Dedicated to the 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs

Today, Sunday, November 17, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited the future site of Glen Rock’s first dog park, which will be dedicated to 9/11 search and rescue dogs. Gottheimer was joined today by Jaime Hazan, a North Jersey 9/11 first responder, advocate, and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund beneficiary. More than 300 dogs took part in the search, rescue, and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in Manhattan.

 

The park began as a Girl Scout Gold Award project by Fifth District resident Michelle Hillock. Her mother Eileen was in the South Tower during the 9/11 attack and is now the Board President of the future Glen Rock Dog Park. 

 

“This project is truly a testament to the Glen Rock community and to Michelle Hillock’s spirit, and how we can all come together, whether it’s through volunteerism or contributions or hard work, to support an important cause,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) today. “

November 03, 2019

Pup-toberfest Fundraiser a Howl-O-Ween Success!

The Glen Rock Athletic Club played host to doggies and their humans at an impromptu dog park set up for the first annual Bark-n-Brew Pup'toberfest Howl-o-ween yappy hour fundraiser.

With the event delayed a week because of wet weather, Sunday, November 3rd's weather was cool and dry helping to make the day a "resounding success," according to one of the organizers, Eileen Hillock.

There was football on the outdoor TV screen, Oktoberfest on tap, apple cider and donuts, and homemade doggie treats. The packed event culminated in a doggie costume contest.

The brainchild of Keller William Dynamic Duo Realtors Karen Ranno Boyle and Felicia Goldberg, the first ever Bark-n-Brew drew over 100 attendees from Glen Rock and neighboring towns, along with costumed pooches. 

September 16, 2019

A New Tradition has Begun! It's a Pool Paw-ty at the Glen Rock Pool!

A "Splashing" Good Time was had by doggies and humans alike at the first ever Pool Paw-ty for dogs at the Glen Rock Kiddie Pool. 

The event, held on Sept. 16, was co-hosted by Glen Rock Parks and Recreation Director Katie Frey and the Glen Rock Dog Park non-profit President Eileen Maher Hillock. Volunteers Karen Boyle, Anne Lemieux and Robyn O'Hagan we're also instrumental in the tremendous success of the event. "I think we've started a new Glen Rock tradition," Hillock said.

July 29, 2019

Volunteers Helping To Make Glen Rock More Dog Friendly

GLEN ROCK, NJ – Thanks to a great idea by a local resident and the combined efforts of local volunteers,  Glen Rock is becoming more welcoming to the 1,000+ dogs--and their humans--who call Glen Rock home.  

In addition to the eagerly awaited Glen Rock dog park, a multi-year effort founded and led by Michelle Hillock and her non-profit group and dedicated to the 9/11 Search and Rescue dogs, refreshing puppy pit stops are now popping up all over Glen Rock, including one at the site of the future dog park.

Glen Rock resident and local Keller Williams Real Estate agent Karen Ranno Boyle initiated the gesture. “We have to remember to stay hydrated on these hot summer days… and that includes our four-legged friends, too. I live in a neighborhood full of dogs; everyone is always out walking with them.

June 26, 2019

Glen Rock Dog Park Slated to Open This Fall

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Soon, Michelle Hillock's dream will be a reality.

Hillock, 20, has been working on bringing a dog park to Glen Rock since she was 15.

The Glen Rock Dog Park is scheduled to open in September, the park's organizers announced.

The park is scheduled to open on or around Sept 11. The park will be dedicated to 9/11 search and rescue dogs in honor of their work following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001...

February 17, 2019

Glen Rock Dog Owners Treated to First Aid and Behavioral Tips

A local veterinarian and dog trainer teamed-up last weekend to offer behavioral and health tips to 25 residents during a free seminar hosted by The Glen Rock NJ Dog Park.

Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Sepulveda and Dorice Stancher, a “relationship-based compassionate” dog trainer in her long-time business “Canines Can Do”, offered tips to Glen Rock dog owners during the visit to the library on Feb. 9.

February 19, 2019

Glen Rock Dog Park Plans Spring Groundbreaking

"Our Founder was 15 years old when she initiated this discussion and 17 years old when the non-profit was formed," group representative Eileen Hillock said referring to her daughter Michelle in an email. "Now, three years later, the privately funded park is slated to break ground this Spring--all through hard work, perseverance, pro-bono professional contributions, and the generous support of hundreds of Glen Rockers."

December 12, 2018

Breakfast With Santa: Howls of Delight

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The third annual Breakfast with Santa to benefit the Glen Rock Dog Park had doggies and their owners howling with delight December 8.

Santa Claus (Councilman Michael O’Hagan) and Mrs. Claus (Patricia Zengel ~ GR Holiday Committee Treasurer and Keller Williams Realtor) greeted children at the Glen Rock Inn as they claimed their names on the "nice" list and ate pancakes in support of The Glen Rock Dog Park. 

Glen Rock Dog Park Board Members Linda Brennan, Christine Pfeiffer and Eileen Maher Hillock attended along with dozens of local families. Michelle Torpey assisted as local Girl Scouts hosted a holiday craft session at the event, as well.

April 29, 2018

Glen Rock Dog Park and Borough Agree on Lease

The Borough Council approved a 10-year lease with Glen Rock Dog Park Inc., another milestone in the non-profit group’s 5-year quest to bring a dog park to Glen Rock.

On April 25, the Glen Rock Borough Council introduced several ordinances related to the establishment of the first borough dog park.

Glen Rock Dog Park Inc. is providing the park to the community at no cost to taxpayers.

March 13, 2018

Glen Rock Dog Park Phase One Ready to Go

The lease agreement between the borough and the Glen Rock Dog Park is the next item to check-off in the process of breaking ground on a project that has been in the works for six years, according to organizers.

“We’re ready to go now,” Christine Ross, member of Glen Rock Dog Park, said to the mayor and council on March 12. “Just tell us what we need to do.”

September 06, 2017

Volunteers Report Progress on Dog Park

Glen Rock's dog park is inching closer to breaking ground, says Eileen Maher Hillock, leader of the nonprofit group behind the enterprise. "We're working with the town to make sure every "i" is dotted and every "t" is crossed. We're close, and we keep getting closer," Hillock said. 

 

At the Borough Council meeting this week, she gave updates about such details such as providing a draft of a revised ordinance and insurance certification for the pro-bono contractor. The revised ordinance would add dog park rules and regulations to the borough's animal control ordinance.

July 10, 2017

Calling All Dog Lovers: Glen Rock Group Appealing for Assistance for Park

GLEN ROCK - A local dog lover organization is asking the public for help builiding their park after they have secured donated contracting services."Glen Rock NJ Dog Park," a non-profit organization, is seeking $15K for fencing, according to group organizers.

July 11, 2017

Girl Scout Badge Leads to Dog Park at No Cost to Borough

Three years ago, resident Michelle Hillock earned her silver award from her local Girl Scouts troop, thanks to efforts she spearheaded to build a dog park in Glen Rock.

Now 18 years old, Michelle Hillock has passed the baton to her mother, Eileen, who is president of a local nonprofit, Glen Rock Dog Park Inc. The group has so far accepted $10,000 in donations to build a dog park at 390 Doremus Ave. at no cost to taxpayers.

April 08, 2016

Plan Presented for Proposed Dog Park

An Allendale-based landscape contractor has provided a conceptual landscape plan to the planners of the proposed Glen Rock Dog Park free of charge. 

The rendering was donated by Borst Landscape & Design, according to Eileen Hillock, president of Glen Rock Dog Park Inc., the volunteer organization raising funds to develop the facility. It would be developed on unused land behind the Borough Recycling Center on Doremus Avenue, between the Upper and Lower Faber sports fields.

February 07, 2016

Glen Rock Dog Park Fundraiser Picking Up Steam

Sunday’s fundraiser at Gary Stevens Tae Kwon Do was the latest attempt to bring awareness – and money – to a project spearheaded by Michelle Hillock, a Glen Rock High School junior, that would build a dog park in the borough honoring Sept. 11 search and rescue dogs. What originally started as an idea for her Silver Award in Girl Scouts has transformed into a larger community-led effort.  

“I’m really happy it is finally coming together,” Hillock said. “It’s really picking up steam. I can almost see the finish line. I’m glad other people felt as driven by it as I did.”

Last December the Glen Rock Borough Council approved the construction of a dog park on a piece of land sandwiched between the borough’s recycling center and Upper and Lower Faber fields. However, the borough council said no municipal money would be used to finance the project, meaning private donations were the only way Hillock’s vision could become a reality.

September 16, 2016

Glen Rock Dog Park Becoming A Reality

The Glen Rock Dog Park is almost ready to move to the next phase of development.

The idea of a dog park started as a Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2013 by Michelle Hillock. It has grown into a borough wide effort to get the dog park developed.

December 03, 2016

Breakfast With Santa Dog Park Fundraiser at the Glen Rock Inn

In what will become an Annual Glen Rock Tradition, the Glen Rock Inn hosted their first "Breakfast with Santa" to benefit the Glen Rock Dog Park.  With over 100 attendees having pancakes and fruit with Santa, a jolly good time was had by all! 

April 28, 2016

Friday Smoothie Sale Aids Dog Park

GLEN ROCK, N.J. — There was never any doubt what the topic of choice would be for the Coleman School Girls on the Run athletes regarding a community impact project.It was the first session in early March when the children's love for dogs became apparent.

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© Glen Rock Dog Park Inc.

A 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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Mailing Address: 

Glen Rock Dog Park Inc.

233 Rock Road P.O. Box 300

Glen Rock, NJ 07452