Nassau County Parks


11/03/2017 – Nassau County Exec Candidate Martins Commits to Dog Friendly Parks

Nassau County Executive Candidate Jack Martins Expresses Commitment to Dog-Friendly Nassau County Parks

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk at Massapequa Preserve

Recent LI-DOG Pack Walk at Massapequa Preserve Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

On Sept. 29, 2017, LI-DOG sent a letter  to the two major candidates for Nassau County Executive — former New York State Senator Jack Martins and Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran– asking for a statement of their position regarding on-leash dog walking in Nassau County parks.  LI-DOG has been working with elected officials since 2013 to change Nassau County’s policy so that people can legally walk leashed dogs in Nassau County parks. In April 2016 in response to LI-DOG’s efforts, Nassau County opened several parks to leashed dogs including Massapequa Preserve, Christopher Morley Park, and Mill Pond Park. To read why access to parks is critical for Nassau County dog owners, go to LI-DOG Candidate Statement Request Letter. 

Former NYS Sen. Jack Martins responded to our request with the following statement:

“As​ ​a​ ​dog​ ​owner,​ ​I​ ​am committed ​to​ ​making​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​we​ ​work​ ​with​ ​local​ ​communities​ ​to develop​ ​dog​ ​friendly​ ​parks​.​ ​It’s​ ​not​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​every​ ​park,​ ​but​ ​where​ ​it’s​ ​appropriate we​ ​will​ ​work​ ​with​ ​local​ ​communities​ and the legislature ​to​ ​create​ ​dog​ ​runs​ in​ ​places​ ​that​ ​are​ ​appropriate​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​a dog​ ​and​ ​certainly​ ​that’s​ ​easy​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​do.​ ​We​ ​do​ ​have​ ​parks​ ​with​ ​dog​ ​runs​ ​now​ and​ ​we​ ​have​ ​to​ ​see​ ​where​ ​it​ would​ ​be​ ​appropriate​ to add more​ ​going​ ​forward​ .”

Nassau County Leg. Laura Curran declined to give a statement, despite several requests from LI-DOG.

What You Can Do Now!

Take this opportunity to let the candidates know how you feel about dog owner access to Nassau County parks! Email Candidate Martins at info@MartinsForNassau.com. Email Candidate Curran at Contact the Campaign.

Then, be sure to cast your vote for Nassau County Executive on Election Day–Tuesday, November 7th! 

 Thank you for your support.

.11/8/2016 – LI-DOG Thanks Nassau County Exec

 

 

LI-DOG Certificate of Thanks Presented to Nassau County Exec Ed Mangano at Barkfest 2016  

LI-DOG Presents Nassau County Exec Ed Mangano with Certificate of Thanks for Opening Nassau County Parks to Leashed Dogs for First Time.
Presentation at Barkfest 2016 thanks the County Executive for following through on his 2013 commitment to LI-DOG to increase access to the County’s 6,000 acres of public parkland to dog owners and their dogs. To read about the presentation and the parks now available for on-leash dog walking, go to LI-DOG Thanks Nassau County Exec. 


11/08/2016 – LI-DOG Thanks Nassau County Exec

 

LI-DOG Thanks County Executive Ed Mangano for

Opening First Nassau County Parks to Leashed Dogs

 

LI-DOG Certificate of Thanks Presented to Nassau County Exec Ed Mangano at Barkfest 2016

LI-DOG Certificate of Thanks Presented to Nassau County Exec Ed Mangano at Barkfest 2016

On Sat., Oct. 29th at Barkfest 2016, LI-DOG presented Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano with a Certificate of Thanks for opening Nassau County parks to leashed dogs for the first time. Until April of this year, almost all 6,000 acres of Nassau County parks were off-limits to dog owners and their dogs.The County Executive made a commitment to LI-DOG in Oct. 2013 to increase access to Nassau County parks and beaches and we want to thank the County Executive for making it happen! (Read the news story at Nassau County Opens Four New Trails to Leashed Dogs!)

The parks and/or trails where people can now walk their leashed dogs are: Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn, Silver Lake Park in Baldwin, Massapequa Preserve (the Fire Rd. Trail) in Massapequa, Mill Pond Park in Bellmore/Wantagh, and Park Blvd. East in Eisenhower Park, E. Meadow. To see the full list of dog-friendly parks plus maps, go to On-Leash Dog Walking Parks and Trails.

Please note: We are working with the Nassau Parks Dept. and the Office of the County Executive to get the No Dogs Allowed signs in several of these parks replaced. Please be assured that you can walk your dog on-leash on these trails in these parks despite the outdated signs.

Let the County Executive know how much you appreciate being able to walk your dog in Nassau County parks! Go to Nassau Now online or call  516-MANGANO. Sending emails and calling to show support will help us get MORE access to parks and beaches in the future.

 

 


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!