Daily Archives: March 7, 2022


.03/20/2022 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Dix Hills Park

LI-DOG Pack Walk at Dix Hills Park

Sun., March 20th, 11 AM – 1 PM
Dix Hills, NY 11746

Join LI-DOG for the first LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season at lovely Dix Hills Park in Huntington on Sunday, March 20th! The Pack Walk will follow the 2-mile long Woodland Trail which skirts the perimeter of the park and is a bit hilly. This is one of the nicest dog-friendly trails on Long Island, so please join us! For details and links to RSVP, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Dix Hills Park! 


.03/12/2022 – BARK Ranger Hike

BARK Ranger Hike for Dogs and Their Humans

Sat., March 12th, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center, Smith Point, NY

Dogs and their families are invited to come to the Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center in Smith Point to a walk along the ocean beach before Fire Island National Seashore closes to pets during the spring and summer to protect endangered birds. Also, learn about the BARK Ranger program, which is designed to educate dog owners about where dogs are allowed on FINS throughout the year. For details, go to BARK Ranger Hike for Dogs and Their Humans.


03/12/2022 – BARK Ranger Hike

 

BARK Ranger Hike for Dogs and Their Humans

Sat., March 12th, 10 AM – 11 AM

Fire Island National Seashore

Wilderness Visitor Center, Smith Point, NY

(Google Map)

Fire Island National Seashore is inviting all dogs and their families to come to the Wilderness Visitor Center at Smith Point for a walk along the ocean beach before their spring and summer closure to pets. (Ocean beaches are closed to dogs from mid-March until early Sept. to protect federally-protected endangered birds.) Also, learn how to become a BARK Ranger. The National Park Service is actively looking for volunteers to meet and greet dog owners before they get on the beach to educate them about the BARK Ranger program and where dogs are allowed throughout the year. Please remember dogs must remain on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times. No flexi-leads, please.

Please note: Reservations are Required

For reservations and more information, email FIIS_Information@nps.gov or call 631-281-3010.

 


03/20/2022 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Dix Hills Park

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Dix Hills Park!

Sunday, March 20th, 11 AM – 1 PM

575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills, NY 11746

(Google Map)

How to find us: Look for the big parking lot on the right after you enter the park and the people and dogs near the brown sign at the trailhead.

Please join us for our first LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season on the lovely Woodland Trail in Dix Hills Park, Huntington! LI-DOG Pack Walks™–group on-leash walks–are a great way to enjoy Long Island’s beautiful parks with your dog, while meeting new friends and their pups.

The trail, which is covered by trees, is a bit hilly and can be gravely at points, is one of the nicest dog-friendly trails on Long Island. The walk will take about an hour as we follow the 2-mile-long trail around the perimeter of the park. There are several places where you can cut the walk short, though, if you want.

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES on the Pack Walk™. Please also make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must! Also, no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking as a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please arrive 15 minutes early so you can sign in and we can start on time.

To RSVP, go to:

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

Or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

This should be a great first LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season! We hope you can join us at Dix Hills Park on Sun., the 20th!

*In the event of inclement weather, please check our Meetup or Facebook Group as we will post any weather-related changes by 10 am Sunday morning. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on! *


.03/07/2022 – Save the George Street Dog Park   Recently updated !

Sign the Petition to Save the George Street Dog Park!

Babylon dog owners are urged to help save the beloved George Street Dog Park. The Village Board voted to close the dog park this spring after receiving complaints about noise, but without any formal consultation with the park’s users. Dog owners are urging people to sign their petition, attend upcoming Village Board Meetings, and call or email the Mayor and Village Board urging them to come to a solution that works for everybody. For links and additional information, go to Sign the Petition to Save the George Street Dog Park!

 


03/07/2022 – Save the George Street Dog Park   Recently updated !

 

Sign the Petition to Save the George Street Dog Park!

 

Dog owners are asking all Town of Babylon and Babylon Village dog owners to help save the George Street Dog Park

On January 19th, without a formal public hearing, Babylon Village’s Board of Trustees voted to close the George Street Dog Park. The dog park has been in its current location—on a large field in Hawleys Lake Park at the end of George Street—since 2012. It is now slated to close this spring. The Village plans to expand and improve its existing dog run on Locust Avenue, which is located about a mile away, before the George Street dog park is closed, according to the Mayor.

The Board’s decision came after several residents from the Whalers Cove Condominium complex, which is located along Route 231, across a driveway from the dog park, complained at a Dec. 14th Board meeting about barking dogs that were affecting their quality of life. Several urged the Village Board to move the dog park someplace else.

Within days of the decision to close the park, dog owners led by local resident Kelly Morenus created a petition to Save the George Street Dog Park. Sign the George Street Park Petition now! 

Dog owners contend that complaints about dogs barking are overblown, noting that the park is closed at dusk and does not open again until the morning and that the park is often empty.

Moreover, they say, closing the dog park will seriously affect THEIR quality life by taking away a vital recreational resource and breaking up the community of people that has grown around the dog park. “As someone who does not have children and did not know many of my fellow community members, this dog park has been essential in helping me feel like I belong here,” said Morenus, who moved to the Village 5 years ago. “Now there is a little family of us,” she said. “Our dogs became friends, so we became friends…It seems unconscionable to vote to close down one of the few places that actually fosters this sense of community.”

In an effort to find a solution that would work for both dog owners and condo residents, Morenus and her colleagues presented a proposal to the Village Board on Feb. 8th that would move the dog park further into the 4.5-acre park, away from the condo complex, and install solid fencing, landscaping, and other features to buffer any noise. Within 24 hours of receiving the proposal, however, the Village Mayor rejected it, saying the decision was final.

Despite the Village Board’s current position, Morenus and her colleagues remain committed to coming up with a solution that the Village Board will accept and that will meet the needs of the dog owner community. Morenus and her colleagues note that while improving the Locust Avenue dog run is welcome, that dog run, which is located near LIRR tracks, raises safety and accessibility concerns. “The George Street Dog Park is a beloved community asset,” Morenus noted. Its loss would be “devastating.”

What You Can Do: If you are a Town of Babylon or Babylon Village resident and would like to help save the George Street Dog Park for the dog owner community, please:

1) Sign the petition to Save the George Street Dog Park NOW! Once you’ve signed, SHARE the petition with all your dog-friendly friends and family in Babylon. The petition already has more than 300 signatures, but it needs more!

2) Come to the Tues., March 8th Village Board meeting at Village Hall, 153 W. Main Street, Babylon 11702. Make sure the Mayor and the Board SEE how many people want to save the dog park!

3) Call or email the Mayor’s office at 631-669-1212 or mayor@villageofbabylonny.gov.

a. Let the Mayor and Village Board know you support a solution that works for everybody–dog owners and condo residents alike. The Village’s current plan never got input from the people who actually use the park. Dog owners are voters and taxpayers, too, and their interests deserve just as much consideration as other Village residents.

b. Urge the Mayor and Village Board not to break up the community that has grown up around the George Street dog park. Closing the dog park and moving its operations to another dog park will seriously damage their community.

4) Keep up with the latest developments in this effort to save the George Street Dog Park by going to KellyinBabylon. The website is full of useful information about what’s happening and what you can do to help!

Thank you for your support!