2016 Schedule of Events

A Furry Tale of Friendship, Family and Fundraising in Ocean City

OCEAN CITY - Pooch Parents!  The votes are coming in.  The display at the Music Pier has been quite busy.  And it is truly amazing when I am at the display...the outpouring of love for dogs from all the people that stop and vote and look at those gorgeous portraits for WINNERS of DOG OF THE YEAR!   Also,  If you want to mail in a check,....please mail them to the Ocean City Dog Park, PO Box 145, Ocean City, NJ 08226...All checks should be made out to the Humane Society of Ocean City and list the dog's name.

I can't thank all of you enough for participating......We have such a great Humane Society and Dog Park.  What a great town we have.   

Proud Pooch Parents,  The time has come!!!!  The Dog of The Decade contest will start on Sunday, August 14th!  I know it has been some time since you heard from our team!  But we have been working behind the scenes to get the contest ready.  

What's next?  First and foremost the contest will now benefit the Humane Society of Ocean City.  The voting board at the Music Pier will have a story board with the history of the Ocean City Dog Park and the transition of the contest to the Humane Society of Ocean City.

The Dog of The Year Contest ran from 2005 through 2015.  We have eleven Pooches that have worn the Crown!!!  All eleven Winners(YES AND THEY ALL WERE GREAT) will be featured in the DOG OF THE DECADE CONTEST.  The Humane Society will be featuring two pooches that they have not been able to place for the last few years!!! These two pooches will be featured together in one photo space.


Photos and bios of our contestants will be posted in the CURRENT CONTEST shortly!



All donations are used for the upkeep and promotion of the dog park and are tax deductible..

We are currently looking for Board Members.  

If interested, please mail your request to: OCDPA, PO Box 145, Ocean City NJ 08226 for an application.


***************About Our Park***************

Ocean City Dog Park is located at 45th Street & Haven Avenue

The Dog Park is an access controlled fenced-in, off leash recreation area for dogs where well behaved canine citizens can interact, exercise and play in a clean, safe and secure environment.

The 42,000 square foot park with sandy soil ground cover has three separate areas: large dog area (dogs over 25 lbs), small dog area (dogs under 25 lbs) and dog run area for all dogs.

Park facilities include double gated entrance and unleash area with secure electronic locking gates, shared pavilion in small and large dog area with picnic table in each area, open shed shelters, sitting benches, water fountains  for dogs and owners, "pooper scooper" dispensers and disposable bags, trash and recycling containers, several inoperable fire hydrants for doggie relief, interactive play equipment, a Port-a-Potty, free off street parking lot and a designated handicap area.

Park hours are from 8 am to dusk, 7 days a week, year round.


Directions: When heading southbound on West Avenue, make a right hand turn onto 45th Street and proceed approximately 1/4 of a block until you see the Dog Park on your right along with a parking area where Handicap parking is available. Signs have been placed on West Avenue in both directions denoting the location of the Park 

An access card, or "Paw Pass" is required to gain entry into the park. For more information on how to obtain an access card please see below.


   Paw Pass Application

  • Cost
    • • Cape May County Resident - $30 yearly
    • • Non-Resident - $40 yearly
    • • Visitor - $10 weekly
  • Expiration Date - One year from date of issue
  • ♦ Park Hours of Operation - 8:00 am to dusk, weather and conditions permitting, year round
    Applications and Paw Passes - can be obtained from the receptionist as you enter at:                                          
  •                       Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center  
  •                                       1735 Simpson Avenue
  •                                       Ocean City, NJ 08226
  • ♦ Open seven days a week, call for hours or for an application:  (609)398-6900
  • ♦ items needed with application:
             ♦ proof of current dog license information 
    • rabies vaccination certificate plus
    • check or money order made payable to City of Ocean City to the above address
    • ♦ Enclose self addressed stamped envelope to have scan tag mailed to you.


Applications for Board Membership in the Ocean City Dog Park Association are being accepted now.





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Why are you interested in serving on the Ocean City Dog Park Association Board?




Signature                                                                         Date

Please mail completed application to OCDPA, PO Box 145, Ocean City NJ 08226, or return to a current board member. 

Thank you in advance for your interest.



Mission Statement:

To create a fenced-in, off-leash dog park where well behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife.

To develop a beautiful and well-maintained space open to dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park's rules and regulations.

To view the park as a community project in partnership with the County of Cape May and the City of Ocean City designed to satisfy the needs of dog owners and non-dog owners alike.

To promote education, training and recreational activities that facilitate responsible dog ownership and better-behaved dogs through the use of volunteers and professional dog trainers.

OCDPA is a non profit 501(c)3 organization.


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***Meet Dog of Year 2012 Winners ***

Don't forget to renew your Paw Pass