Hempstead Lake State Park is the Focus for Nassau County Off-Leash Initiative
|The facilities for off-leash dogs within Nassau County are paltry and many dog owners who try to provide their dogs the exercise they require have received tickets and summons for their efforts. For a County that contains so many dogs – we believe that 30-40% of households in Nassau have at least one – this is an unacceptable situation.
As one of the first initiatives in our push for better off-leash facilities, we are trying to get the large grassy area at Hempstead Lake State Park which is already open to dogs on leash to be fenced-in and therefore legitimately allow dogs to go off-leash there. Most of the 775-acre park is prohibited to dogs completely and the small area to which they are permitted requires them to be on leash and is often taken over by others playing soccer or other sports. This should not be allowed to stand; dogs and their owners should be formally given facilities in which to exercise, socialize and play as well.
If you are interested in helping this effort there are several things you could do to help:
Dear Senator Skelos,
You can call or mail Sen. Skelos at:
You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with your letter.
We are working to set up a meeting with Sen. Skelos in the next few weeks, so please send these letters before the end of January 2010 (if you miss this deadline, please write anyway).
Please also tell your family, friends and neighbors about this, and let officials know that New York State dog owners care about dog parks and vote!
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Thanks for your support. Your (our) dogs will appreciate it.