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Oakland Dog Lover Seeks Help To Make Park A Reality

Ryan Schwertfeger of Oakland has a dog named Scooby.
Ryan Schwertfeger of Oakland has a dog named Scooby. Photo Credit: Facebook
Ryan Schwertfeger, Oakland Mayor Linda Schwager and Mike Guadagnino come together at the potential site of a dog park.
Ryan Schwertfeger, Oakland Mayor Linda Schwager and Mike Guadagnino come together at the potential site of a dog park. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ryan Schwertfeger

OAKLAND, N.J. – Ryan Schwertfeger has been working to get a dog park in Oakland since he was in middle school.

Now the recent college graduate is looking for some help.

With the blessing of the borough, Schwertfeger has recently been fundraising for the dog park , and now he is looking to form a committee to assist him in his efforts.

“I am going to create a dog park committee to help me with the numerous dog park efforts I have going on, with the hope of even further expediting the fundraising and planning process,” Schwertfeger wrote in a post on the Dog Park for Oakland, NJ website.

He plans to hold meetings about once a month, he said, and he is looking to recruit members with varying work experiences and connections to organizations in the community.

Here is how he described who he is looking for:

“I’m looking for people from the mother with kids involved in the PTO who wants to make the town a better place, to the actively involved resident who has run fundraising events for different groups and organizations before, to the senior citizen with a dog who could help spread the word to friends at the Senior Center, to the pet centered business owner wanting to give back to the community and help their own business thrive, to the Boy Scout needing a project to work on to gain Eagle Scout status, and even to the landscaper who could make connections and offer services to make the dog park a reality.”

Those interested in joining the committee should email Schwertfeger at dogrun4oakland@yahoo.com by August 19, and include their name, address, contact information, current employment, reasons they want to join the committee, and what they feel you could bring to the table to help make a dog park a reality, he said.

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