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The Eisenhower Dog Park, which LI-DOG worked with Nassau County to get opened in 2012, has been renovated with artificial turf, new plantings, and a brightly painted butterfly bench. The dog park, which also features water fountains and a gazebo, was closed in Nov. 2021 so the renovation work could be done and was reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony in May 2022. Local dog owners are pleased with the improvements. Check it out! For more information, go to Eisenhower Dog Park Renovated and Reopened!
In a continuing pattern of harassment, dog owners found a bark silencer nailed into trees facing the George Street Dog Park in Babylon Village on March 14th. The silencer emits a high-pitched, ultrasonic sound designed to stop dogs from barking. The installation of the device continues a pattern of harassment of dog owners, and now dogs, at the park, including threats and obscenities yelled at park goers. For details on this latest incident and what dog owners are doing to save the George Street Dog Park, go to Bark Silencer Found Facing into Dog Park in Babylon Village.
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!
Major milestone reached as New Yorker’s ask for change in longstanding policy that bans dogs on New York State’s Long Island beaches. As one former NYS Parks employee commented, “I know that a large majority of dog owners are responsible and should have access to our beautiful beaches on Long Island!” LI-DOG is optimistic the petition will result in a positive step forward by the NYS Office of Parks soon! For more information, go to LI-DOG Beach Petition Reaches 6,000 Signatures!
Just a few weeks after launch, LI-DOG’s petition to lift the ban on dogs on New York State’s Long Island beaches has already generated more than 2,500 signatures. The petition got more than 1,000 signatures over its first weekend and then doubled that to over 2,000 signatures within 10 days of its Jan. 29th launch! The petition is the result of years of complaints from Long Island dog owners about a lack of access to Long Island’s primary recreational resource. To see the press release announcing the petition’s momentum, go to Over 2,500 People Sign LI-DOG Petition!
Newsday’s profile on LI-DOG’s President, written by Arlene Gross and published Jan. 28th, puts the spotlight on LI-DOG’s success in working with elected officials to create dog parks in West Hills, Blydenburgh, Eisenhower and Oyster Bay parks as well as on-leash dog walking in Huntington’s Heckscher Park and select Nassau County parks. The extensive profile also includes comments from New York State Assemblyman Steve Stern and Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino describing their work to create dog parks and dog-friendly trails in parks. For a link to the full Newsday story, go to Dogs Best Friend: Dix Hills Resident Works for Access at Long Island Parks.
Lift the Dog Ban on New York’s Long Island Beaches! LI-DOG Launches Petition to Let People Bring Their Dogs to the Beach
Long Island is surrounded by hundreds of miles of beaches, but the New York State Office of Parks, which manages 14,000 acres of Long Island parks that have shoreline access, prohibits ALL access to NYS beaches on Long Island to people with dogs! Denying access to so much recreational space to dog owners who pay taxes that support this public parkland is not right. People with dogs have the right to enjoy public parks and beaches just like anyone else. Sign LI-DOG’s Petition to Lift the Dog Ban on New York’s LI beaches NOW! For details on the petition and LI-DOG’s efforts to gain access to beaches on LI, go to Lift the Dog Ban on NY’s LI Beaches!
LI-DOG President’s 2020 Report: Access to Public Parks and Beaches is a Basic Right and Need–Whether You Have a Dog or Not
The year 2020 has been a terrible year for many people, but there were positives as well, especially for dogs. More dogs found new homes, dog owners spent more time with their dogs, and dogs–and their people–got out more. 2020 also saw the realization of one of LI-DOG’s long-time goals–access to Huntington’s pretty Heckscher Park. This pandemic year when people sought refuge in outdoor parks drove home the lesson that access to public parks and beaches is a basic right and need. To read a slightly edited version of the president’s assessment of 2020, go to the LI-DOG President’s 2020 Report.
The Huntington Town Board voted unanimously on Nov. 19th to permanently allow on-leash dog walking in Huntington’s Heckscher Park. The vote came on a resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Joan Cergol who led the effort to allow on-leash dog walking in Huntington’s signature community park. It followed an almost year-long, successful pilot program in which on-leash dog walking gained broad support in the community. For more information on how it happened, go to Huntington Town Board Votes to Make Heckscher Park Permanently Dog Friendly!
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!
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.
Beautiful new dog park features areas for large and small dogs, paw-friendly synthetic turf, agility equipment, picnic tables and umbrellas. New dog park fulfills commitment made by Supervisor Anthony Santino to LI-DOG in Oct. 2015. Read all about it at Hempstead Opens First Dog Park at Newbridge Road Park.