New Eisenhower Dog Park Realizes a Long-Time LI-DOG Goal
The Long Island Dog Owners Group (LI-DOG) joined Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano; Parks Commissioner Carnell Foskey; Stan Lang, the chairman of Pet Supplies Plus Long Island; and hundreds of dog owners and their dogs on Oct. 13, 2012, to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Eisenhower Dog Park. The new dog park, located at the corner of Stewart Ave. and Salisbury Park Drive (on the north side of Eisenhower Park) in Westbury, is the result of a campaign begun in 2008, when a petition with over 1,200 names was submitted by LI-DOG to Nassau County elected officials and the Nassau County Parks Dept. asking for the development of a dog park in Eisenhower Park. Pet Supplies Plus generously agreed to sponsor the dog park.
The Eisenhower Dog Park is the third dog park opened in Nassau County in 2012, as a result of LI-DOG campaigns. In May, the Village of Valley Stream opened its first ever dog park and in June, the Town of Oyster Bay opened its first dog park in Massapequa.
Approximately an acre in size, the new off-leash area is located on the former site of an under-used baseball field and basketball court. The site was identified by Parks Commissioner Foskey and Leg. Norma Gonsalves in May 2011. After consultation with Pet Supplies Plus and LI-DOG, Nassau County began construction of the new dog park in July 2012, and completed construction in early October.
The dog park, which is fenced, features areas for small dogs (25 pounds and under) and large dogs with separate, double-gated entrances for each. The park also features a shade structure, benches, waste bag containers, and water fountains—all-provided by the park’s sponsor, Pet Supplies Plus.
“For years, LI-DOG has heard from local dog owners that they would like a dog park in Nassau’s premier park. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Parks Commissioner Carnell Foskey and Legis. Norma Gonsalves have heard these calls and responded to their constituents by opening this beautiful dog park,” said Chris Laubis, LI-DOG Board Member and Nassau Co-Chair. “We are also very grateful for the significant contribution that Pet Supplies Plus has made towards making this dog park possible. By providing all the amenities, Pet Supplies Plus will make the Eisenhower Dog Park a place where dog owners will visit time and again,” she said.
To see a map with directions to the dog park and a link to the Dog Park at Eisenhower! Facebook Group, go to our Nassau County Dog Parks listing page.
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