Every dog has its day…and at Wildwoods Dog Beach that day was last Friday, when The City of Wildwood unveiled a 25 feet tall, fire-engine red hydrant art sculpture. An ode to man’s best friend, the art piece was a gift to the city from Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks in celebration of the Wildwoods’ first-ever, dog dedicated beach. Fido and freinds gathered as fire trucks sprayed water high into the Wildwood sky in celebration fo the new fire hydrant.
Constructed from recycled parts of an old Morey’s amusement ride, the sculpture was designed and built by the father and son team of Peter J. Bieling and Pete C. Bieling, architect Rich Stokes and Morey’s Piers’ artBOX resident artists, David Macomber. A cultivated addition to the Fido-friendly, seaside play area, the 5,000 pound structure is detailed with bones, dog paws and a squirrel perched on top. It also pays special recognition to the Wildwood Fire Department and two volunteer units – HBFD (Holly Beach Fire Dept.) and WFD#1 (Wildwood Fire Dept. #1).
On June 14, 2014, the City of Wildwood opened its first dog-friendly beach at Poplar Avenue, stretching one city block wide and 1,500 feet long. Dogs visiting the Wildwoods area are now welcome to join their families on the beach and to swim in the ocean within this designated dog beach area. Fresh water and dog clean-up bags are available and the beach is open every day from 6:00am until dusk. All dogs must remain on leashes.