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Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs!

A pilot program to allow leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park started Jan. 1, 2020! Councilwoman Joan Cergol, sponsor of the resolution that created the pilot program, and LI-DOG simultaneously launched a public education effort to make sure dog owners are aware of the common sense rules designed to make the pilot program a success. For details on the pilot program, the rules for the park, and what dog owners can do to help  make the pilot a success, go to Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs.


Oyster Bay Opens New Dog Park at Centre Island Beach in Bayville!

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! 


Huntington Town Board Approves Pilot Program to Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park!

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! 


Gardiner Dog Park Now Open! 

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! 

Dog Friendly Northport VillageNewsday Article: Dog-friendly Long Island Destinations

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.


April 27, 2019 OWG Pack Walk

Old Westbury Gardens Pack Walk™ Video

James D’Elia ( ), 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.


Two Dogs with Frisbee

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.


Line of Fencing at Mud CreekDog Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach! 


LI-DOG Calls for Restoration of Off-Leash Beach, Saying Zone is Unsafe, Unworkable and Unfair

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. 

Leg. Steve Stern and LI-DOG Prez Ginny Munger Kahn 

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. 


Dix Hills Park 

Huntington Opens Most Town Parks to Leashed Dogs!

Unanimous Town Board Vote on Aug. 15th will allow people to walk their leashed dogs in dozens of local parks that were previously off-limits to dog owners. To read about the decision and get a link to a list of parks in Huntington, go to Huntington Opens Most Town Parks to Leashed Dogs!