Bayville Dog Park


11/07/2019 – Oyster Bay Opens New Dog Park at Centre Island Beach!

 

Oyster Bay Opens 12 Small Parks 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.

On Tuesday October 8th, Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Steve Labriola met with local residents at the parklette off Split Rock Road in Syosset to kick-off this new initiative. Jill Hooey, a local high schooler and Girl Scout, worked with Councilman Labriola and Parks Commissioner Joseph Pinto to identify neighborhood parks where residents could walk their dogs on leash. Twelve parklettes have been identified for the pilot on-leash program:

• H-16, Hunter Lane & Northern Parkway, Hicksville
• H-18, Tudor Road & Lyon Court, Hicksville
• F-6, Lincoln Street & Meadow Court, Farmingdale
• J-1, Maytime Drive & Mellow Lane, Jericho
• B-11, Flamingo Drive & Caffrey Ave., Bethpage
• M-15, Burton Lane & Unqua Road, Massapequa
• M-16, Clocks Blvd. & Bayview Place, Massapequa
• M-17, Pittsburgh Ave. & Westwood Road, Massapequa
• P-15, Sylvia Lane & Warren Place
• S-20, Split Rock Road & Radley Drive, Syosset
• S-30, Market Drive & Woodbury Road, Syosset
• S-17, Townsend Drive & Cold Spring Road, Syosset

Then, at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 16th, Supervisor Saladino, Councilman Labriola and Councilwoman Michele Johnson joined local officials and residents to officially open the dog park located at Centre Island Beach in Bayville. The dog park is the result of the efforts of local dog owners Joe Russo and Jen Jones who worked with Town officials to get the park sited and built. Key to getting the park created was a $100,000 grant obtained by New York State Senators Carl Marcellino and Jim Gaughran for the project.

The new dog park has separate areas for small dogs and large dogs and a wood-chip base. Water facilities are available on each side of the park. The dog park is close to a walking trail along Harbor Drive, which dog owners can also enjoy.

We hope everyone has fun in these new dog-friendly park facilities! Thanks to Oyster Bay  Town officials and local dog owners who made it  happen! 

 


11/05/2018 – Oyster Bay Vows Won’t Close Massapequa Dog Park

 

Two Dogs with Frisbee

Photo Credit: Jana Jancke-Damiani

Oyster Bay Supervisor Vows No Plans to Close Massapequa Dog Park

Town is Committed to Expanding Opportunities for Pets and Pet Lovers, He Adds

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 had considered moving the dog park to a strip of land located on the eastern edge of the property or maybe to a site on the western edge of the Field of Dreams park, given the controversy that arose over the Town’s plans and the opposition of dog owners, moving the dog park is now “off the table,” according to the Supervisor.

The Town “NEVER had intentions to deprive dog park facilities in Massapequa from our residents,” the Supervisor wrote in a statement to LI-DOG. Rather, the Town was looking at the parcel of land on which the current dog park sits as part of a townwide appraisal of properties done to take advantage of a $2.8 billion New York State land preservation program. “The selling of property to NYS guarantees its preservation, while assisting to further reduce the debt of the town,” stated the Supervisor. “Statements…that the Town of Oyster Bay planned to close the dog park in Massapequa..are untrue,” he said.

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Dog Park at Massapequa opened in June 2012 and is located on an approximately five-acre site bounded by Clocks Blvd. on the west, E. Pine St. to the south, County Line Rd. on the east and Louden St. to the north. (For details on the dog park, go to Nassau County Dog Parks.)

News of the Town’s plans to sell the dog park first appeared in a Sept. 20th article in Newsday. “The Town of Oyster Bay will be constructing a new state-of-the art dog park on the eastern end of the property,” Town Spokesperson Brian Nevin told the newspaper. “The remaining property will be returned to the (tax) rolls to help reduce the current tax burden on homeowners.”

The reaction to the news from dog owners was swift and unfavorable. “My neighborhood was completely unaware of this until two women approached me yesterday with flyers,” said one post on the Massapequa Dog Park Facebook Group. “Myself and my neighbors are very upset, this is one of the best dog parks around.” Dog owners immediately started a campaign to call and email the Supervisor’s office and on Sept. 23rd a rally in support of the dog park was held at the park, which was covered by FIOS1. The son of a former dog park regular who passed away and to whom a memorial tree has been planted asked that the plaque by the tree be returned to him should the dog park be closed.

Since then, Supervisor Saladino, Parks Commissioner Joseph Pinto and other Town officials have worked to assure dog owners that they do not intend to close the Massapequa Dog Park and at this point do not intend to move it. In fact, the town will now look to make enhancements,” said Saladino, pointing to plans to build a dog washing station at the park.

Plans to Build New Bayville Dog Park

Moreover, Saladino added, plans are now underway to build a new dog park on the Town’s north shore.

On Oct. 29th, the Town announced that it would receive a $100,000 grant for construction of a new dog park in Bayville as a result of the efforts of New York State Senator Carl Marcellino. According to the Town, it met with north shore residents earlier this year to discuss the construction of a new dog park at Charles E. Ransom Beach in Bayville. In announcing the new dog park, the Town noted that locating the dog park at Charles Ransom Beach will not only benefit dog owners who live in the northern part of town, but will also benefit the Bayville business district by bringing in additional visitors and their pets year-round.

“Please know that we love our pets and this administration is committed to expanding opportunities for pets and pet lovers alike in a safe and meaningful way,” the Supervisor’s statement concludes. As a result, LI-DOG has received a commitment from the Supervisor to meet in the coming weeks to discuss ways to increase access to the town’s parks and beaches for Oyster Bay families and their dogs.

Thanks to all the dog owners who emailed, called and came together in support of the Massapequa Dog Park!