Leashed Dogs

.10/26/2020 – Public Hearing Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park Nov. 4th

Public Hearing on Proposal to Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park For Good Set for Nov. 4th!

A public hearing to consider adding Heckscher Park to Huntington’s townwide dog-friendly parks policy will be held on Wed., Nov. 4th starting at 7 p.m. The resolution introduced by Councilwoman Joan Cergol builds on a successful almost-year-long pilot program in the park. Please email or call Huntington Town Board members TODAY and urge them to support the resolution to allow on-leash dogs in Heckscher Park for good! For details and links to contact Town Board members, go to Public Hearing Nov. 4th on Proposal to Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park For Good!


.03/19/2020 – Heckscher Park Pilot Program Up for Renewal


Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Up for Renewal March 31st

Please Support the Resolution to Renew the Pilot Program!

The pilot program allowing leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park is up for renewal on March 31st! A resolution to extend the program from April 1st through June 30th will be introduced by Councilwoman Joan Cergol at the Huntington Town Board Meeting on Tues., March 31st. Please email or call the Huntington Town Board NOW and urge them to support the extension of the pilot program! Get contact information and details at Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Up for Renewal!

.12/30/2019 – Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs


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.

12/30/2019 – Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs

Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs!


Pilot program sponsored by Councilwoman Joan Cergol includes educational campaign aided by LI-DOG 


The Pond at Huntington’s Heckscher Park

A pilot program to allow leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park started January 1, 2020! The pilot program is the result of a resolution sponsored by Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol and passed unanimously by the Huntington Town Board on Oct. 16th, 2019. The resolution establishes a three-month pilot program with the expectation is that if the first three months are successful, the pilot will be extended for another three months and so on throughout the year.

In order to make sure the pilot program is a success, Councilwoman Cergol is working with the Long Island Dog Owners Group (LI-DOG) on an educational campaign to spread the word about common sense rules for the park.

The educational campaign includes:

  • An explanatory video featuring Councilwoman Cergol and her beautiful boxer, Dempsey. (See Councilwoman Cergol’s Video now.)
  • Detailed signage to be installed at all park entrances.
  • An at-a-glance card flyer detailing the rules.
  • A dedicated cadre of LI-DOG volunteers who will serve as ambassadors in the park, handing out the card and answering questions from dog owners and persons without dogs. (If you would like to serve as an LI-DOG park ambassador, email lidog_news@yahoo.com.)
  • Installation of dog waste bag dispensers at the park.

“The key to this program’s success is dog owners understanding what is allowed and respecting the rights of all people who want to enjoy Huntington’s signature park, both with and without dogs,” Councilwoman Cergol said. “That’s the main thrust of our educational campaign.”

“LI-DOG’s members understand that bringing their dogs to Heckscher is a privilege that we would like to see become permanent,” said Ginny Munger Kahn, LI-DOG’s president. “Our volunteers want to make sure that all dog owners understand their responsibility to make this program work.”


The rules, as noted in both the signage and the information card, require dog owners to:

  • Keep dogs on leash (maximum 6 feet) and under control. No retractable leashes.
  • Pick up and properly dispose of dog waste.
  • Yield to all other park goers on the paths by stepping off the path.
  • Keep dogs out of the playground, picnic areas and tennis courts and the ball field, when in use.
  • Keep dogs quiet during events at the Harry Chapin Rainbow Stage.
  • Avoid wildlife for their safety and their dog’s.
  • Keep dogs out of the plantings and the pond.
  • Have dogs licensed and vaccinated.
  • Have no more than two dogs per handler.
  • Respect other park goers so the park is a good experience for everyone!

Park-goers with safety concerns are advised to call the Town’s 24-hour Public Safety number, 631-351-3234.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy the beauty and serenity of Heckscher Park and the rules established for this program should ensure that this remains the case,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “Please let us know about your experience with the 90-day dog-walking pilot program so that we can fully assess the success of this program at the end of March.”

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said, “Combining this pilot program with an educational campaign will give us the feedback from residents we need to ensure that everyone can enjoy the park.”

Councilman Eugene Cook said, “Over the years many people have reached out to the Town Board asking to remove the Heckscher Park ban on allowing dogs in the park.  As these residents would like to enjoy using Heckscher Park with their families, including their canine companions, as they have been able to do at other locations without incident for years.  As a dog owner, I understand the strong relationship between an owner and their companion. This pilot program to allow leashed dogs in Heckscher Park will build on those relationships, and it will also be a benefit for our community as a whole.  In order to ensure that this is properly implemented, I would like to hear all of our resident’s comments, concerns, and suggestions during the pilot period so that we can ensure this program can continue in the future or not.”

Councilman Ed Smith said, “I encourage pilot programs. It gives the residents and elected officials the opportunity to work together on programs within the Town to meet everyone’s needs and pleasures.”

The different facets of the educational program were worked out by a committee that included representatives from various Town departments and LI-DOG; Karen Thomas, who organized the petition drive asking for dogs to be allowed in the park; and Len Urban, from the Town’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities. The Citizens Advisory Committee wanted to ensure that a dog-friendly Heckscher remained friendly for everyone, including persons with mobility issues.

“I thank LI-DOG and all of the members of the committee for creating this educational program and I appreciate the dedication of the volunteer ambassadors,” Councilwoman Cergol said.

For more information about the pilot program, call Councilwoman Cergol’s office at 631-351-3173 or email LI-DOG at lidog_news@yahoo.com.

And if you plan to walk your dog to Heckscher Park, please volunteer to become an LI-DOG Park Ambassador! Help us make the pilot program a success by emailing us at lidog_news@yahoo.com.

Thank you for your support!


.10/16/2019 – Heckscher Park Pilot Program Allows Leashed Dogs!


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! 

.10/13/2019 – Resolution Intro’d to Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park!


Resolution To Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park!

Proposal is Result of OnLine Petition with 2,000+ Signatures

People would be allowed to walk their leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park under a pilot program proposed by Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol. The proposal for a pilot program is up for a vote at Huntington Town Hall Wednesday evening, Oct. 16th! The proposal is the result of an online petition that has generated more than 2,000 signatures that asks the Huntington Town Board to make Heckscher Park a dog-friendly park by allowing leashed dogs. To get details on the proposal and what you can do to help make it happen, go to Resolution Introduced to Allow On-Leash Dog Walking in Heckscher Park!

04/13/16 – Nassau County Opens Four New Trails to Leashed Dogs!

Nassau County Opens Four New Trails to Leashed Dogs!
Move is Big Step Forward in County Commitment to LI-DOG to Increase Access to County Parks


Christopher Morley Park Trail

Christopher Morley Park Trail

For those Long Island dog owners who can’t wait for more public parks to walk their furry friends, LI-DOG is thrilled to announce that, effective immediately, on-leash dog walking is now allowed in four new Nassau County parks in the areas designated below:

Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn. The paved trails in the northern section of the park that start and end near the dog run and parking lot. (Google Map)

Silver Lake Park in Baldwin. The front part of the park, which has paved walking trails that go through the park and around the lake and the rear part of the park, which has grassy areas with a paved path around it and a stream on the edge. (Google Map) (Please note: in Feb. 2017, the Parks Dept. rescinded the on-leash policy. LI-DOG is working to reinstate on-leash walking in at least a portion of Silver Lake Park.)

Mill Pond Park, Merrick Road, Bellmore/Wantagh. The paved path around the pond.

Eisenhower Park (Park Blvd.) in East Meadow. The entire EAST side of Park Blvd., which has a wide paved path about a mile long. This extends from the main entrance on Hempstead Turnpike all the way to the end of Park Blvd. at the Merrick Avenue entrance. Suggested parking would be at the end of the golf course parking lot (furthest from the golf course and closer to the path). This will ensure that you do not have to cross Park Blvd. with your dog and risk getting hit by a car. (Google Map)

This great news for Long Island dog owners comes more than two years after LI-DOG began working with the office of County Executive Ed Mangano to open Nassau County parks to dog owners and their leashed dogs. Until LI-DOG began discussions with Nassau County, almost all 6,000 acres of Nassau County parkland were off-limits to dog owners and their dogs. In October 2013, the County Executive gave LI-DOG a commitment to increase access to County parks. We want to thank County Executive Ed Mangano for his forward thinking on this issue!

 We all know how important it is for dog owners to have safe places to walk their canine companions. In addition, this initiative will incent more people to get out and walk with their dogs, which will benefit not only dogs, but people, too!

Please take a moment and let County Executive Ed Mangano know how much you appreciate his actions by going to Nassau Now online or calling 516-MANGANO.

 We also want to thank the more than 440 people who signed the petition circulated last summer by Melanie K and Robin R at Christopher Morley Park, asking for access to the trails there. The speed with which Melanie and Robin got signatures shows how much support there is for dog owner access to public parks.

These four new dog-friendly trails are in addition to the Fire Road Trail in Massapequa Preserve, which Nassau County opened to on-leash dog walking early last year as part of a pilot program. (see Massapequa Preserve Trail Officially Opens to On-Leash Dog Walkers.)  Some of these trails are already used by people to walk their leashed dogs, but the County has now made it official that dog walking is allowed.

Please remember to ALWAYS pick up after your dogs and keep them on leash, for their safety and in consideration of other park users. Also, please be aware that in some of these parks, dogs are not allowed throughout the park. Please make sure to keep leashed dogs on the designated trails and paths. The County is working to get poop bag stations installed in these locations, but until then, please bring your own bags. Please help LI-DOG make this County initiative a success by following the rules and being respectful of other park users.

Thanks to our fellow dog owners for your ongoing support!