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12 Small Parks Also Now Designated On-Leash Dog-Friendly
The Town of Oyster Bay made two big announcements in October that has tails wagging for resident dog owners: A pilot program for on-leash walking in 12 Town parklettes–small neighborhood parks–and the opening of the first dedicated dog park on the North Shore – at Centre Island Beach in Bayville! To get details, go to Oyster Bay Opens New Dog Park at Centre Island Beach!
A resolution introduced by Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol to create a pilot program to allow people to walk their leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park passed the Town Board unanimously on Wed., Oct. 16th. The pilot program starts Jan. 1st and runs until March 31st when it is assumed it will roll over for another three months. The resolution was the result of an online petition that has gotten more than 2,500 signatures! For details on this groundbreaking development for dog owners, go to Heckscher Park Pilot Program Allows Leashed Dogs!
Suffolk County’s popular Gardiner Park in Bay Shore has a big new dog park. The dog park features large dog, small dog and an agility training area–a first for a Suffolk County park. The dog park is the result of the efforts of New York State Sen. Phil Boyle and NYS Sen. Monica Martinez. To get the details including information on how to thank NYS Senators Boyle and Martinez, go to Gardiner Dog Park Now Open!
Those in the know have long considered Northport, Greenport and Cherry Grove to be dog friendly towns. Now, in a recent article, Newsday has officially recognized their status and describes places to eat, play and shop in each town. Read the Newsday article.
James D’Elia ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), a Stony Brook University journalism student created a marvelous video of our April 27th Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens. View the Old Westbury Gardens Pack Walk Video.
Oyster Bay Vows Won’t Close Massapequa Dog Park
Announces Plans for New Dog Park in Bayville
The Town of Oyster Bay will not move the dog park located on Clocks Blvd. in Massapequa, according to Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. While the Town considered moving the dog park to a strip located on the eastern edge of the site, given the controversy that arose over the Town’s plans, moving the dog park is now “off the table,” according to the Supervisor. For details on the Massapequa Dog Park situation and plans for a new dog park in Bayville, go to Oyster Bay Vows Won’t Close Massapequa Dog Park.
On May 1, 2018, a long line of fencing was installed at Mud Creek Park to create a dog exclusion zone on Suffolk County’s ONLY official off-leash beach. The fencing cost $13,000 and cuts off half the shorefront to dog owners and their dogs. LI-DOG has called on the Suffolk County Legislator responsible for creating the dog exclusion zone to restore the off-leash beach. The zone is unsafe, unworkable and unfair, LI-DOG argues. To get details on the situation and what you can do to help restore the beach, go to Dog Exclusion Zone at Mud Creek.
Suffolk County Proclamation Honors LI-DOG President for Work Helping to Create Dog Parks and Dog-Friendly Park Policies
Suffolk County’s dog-friendly parks were celebrated when LI-DOG President Ginny Munger Kahn was honored with a Proclamation from Suffolk County Legislator Steven Stern and his colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature. “By expanding access to and enjoyment of Suffolk County’s beautiful parks, Ginny Munger Kahn has helped to materially improve the quality of life of thousands of Suffolk residents,” states the Proclamation. To get details on this exciting honor for LI-DOG’s President and how it came about, go to Suffolk County Proclamation Honors LI-DOG President.
Mediator Debra Hamilton reveals six steps for avoiding conflicts and resolving issues over animals at the dog park, in your neighborhood and even within your family. To get the details about Hamilton’s presentation to LI-DOG’s Nov. 2017 meeting, read Sam Desmond’s article Six Steps for Avoiding Conflicts at the Dog Park. In the end, if you follow Hamilton’s tips, you’ll likely end up with better relationships and fewer unresolved conflicts over your fur baby!
The town has budged $250,000 for the project, which will be fenced, includes small dog and large dog areas, and already has agility equipment donated for the project. For details on potential features and amenities and projected opening dates, go to North Hempstead Plans 1st Dog Park at Tully Park.