A new pet waste station has been installed by Don Ahern Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. The station includes bag dispensers and a waste receptacle. The new facility is an initiative of Mayor Davis and City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski. Mayor Davis said, “The idea behind the pet waste station is to make it convenient for pet owners to keep our parks clean. I urge all pet owners who use Veterans’ Park to use the pet waste station.” City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski said, “The new pet waste station is the first in a series that we plan to set up around Bayonne. This is just the beginning. In order for pet waste stations to succeed, we will need the cooperation of all pet owners.”
Future locations for pet waste stations include the entrance to DiDomenico-16th Street Park that is located near O’Brien Court, and the two dog parks that are situated in Mayor Dennis P. Collins Park, which is located between 1st Street and the Kill Van Kull.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth (eutrophication). Cloudy and green, Eutrophic water makes swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy.” The EPA urges communities and the public to keep animal waste out of storm drains and bodies of water.
The new pet waste station and the others that are expected in the near future will be maintained by the Bayonne Department of Public Works.