Suffolk Parks


07/24/2019 – Gardiner Dog Park Opening

Gardiner Dog Park Opening Set for Wed., July 24th at 2:30 p.m.!

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Large New Dog Park Features Large Dog, Small Dog and Agility Training Areas

 

Photo Credit: Jeanine Chang

The Grand Opening of a large, new dog park in Suffolk County’s popular Gardiner Park, Bay Shore, is set for Wed., July 24th at 2:30 pm!

The dog park is the result of the efforts of New York State Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and NYS Senator Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood), both of whom will be in attendance along with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk Parks Commissioner Phil Berdolt.

The dog park features three sections: an 80′ x 300′ small dog area; a 120′ x 300′ large dog area and a 40′ x 100′ agility training area. The provision of an agility training area is a first for a Suffolk County dog park, noted Parks Commissioner Berdolt. Each of the sections will be completely fenced by 4′ high black vinyl coated chain link fence. In addition, two watering locations have been installed.

The total dog recreation site will cover 64,000 square feet or about one and a half acres. In an effort to provide shade during the summer and a more natural setting, many of the existing trees have been left in place, the Parks Commissioner added.

The funds for the new dog park came from a $200,000 grant obtained by Sen. Boyle. “This is something I’ve thought about for a long time,” said the Senator whose family owns a toy Fox Terrier named Olivia. “It’s a beautiful park to begin with and I’ve gone to Gardiner often with my dog to walk her on-leash, but I always thought it would be a nice place for a dog run.” The west side of Islip has long needed an off-leash area, he added.

Senator Boyle worked with former Suffolk Legislator and now NYS Senator Monica Martinez on the project. Senator Martinez sponsored the resolution in the Suffolk County Legislature to accept the grant and authorize the dog park.

As is the case for all Suffolk County parks, on-leash dog walking will continue to be allowed throughout Gardiner Park. Some dog owners had been told that on-leash dog walking was at risk as a result of the new dog park. However, in a statement to LI-DOG, Commissioner Berdolt noted: “This is our most utilized park for patrons and their pets. We will continue to keep this park an on-leash friendly park.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of the job Suffolk County has done building the dog park,” added Sen. Boyle. “This will be a very special place and I can’t tell you how happy I am it’s finally coming to fruition.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please let Sen. Boyle and Sen. Martinez know how much you appreciate their work to get a beautiful new dog park created in Gardiner Park. Email Sen. Boyle at: pboyle@nysenate.gov or call 631-665-2311; Email Sen. Martinez at Martinez@nysenate.gov or call 631-360-3356.

Please also let Suffolk Parks Commissioner Phil Berdolt know what a great job the Parks Dept. has done building yet another, big, beautiful dog park in Suffolk County! Email Commissioner Berdolt at scparks@suffolkcountyny.gov or call 631-854-4985.

Help make sure Gardiner Park works for all park patrons by keeping your dogs leashed unless you are in the dog park itself. Also, as always, please remember to clean up after your dog.

For more information: Get the Suffolk Parks Dept. Gardiner Dog Park Opening flyer.

Thank you for your support!


01/22/2019 – New Dog Park at Gardiner Park

New Dog Park in Suffolk County’s Gardiner Park!

 

Construction Started Late Last Fall and Should  Be Done This Spring

 

Photo Credit: Nancy Hassel

A large, new dog park is under construction at Suffolk County’s popular Gardiner Park in Bay Shore. The dog park is scheduled to open in the spring 2019.  The site for the off-leash area, in the northwest corner of Gardiner Park, has been prepared and in an effort to provide shade during the summer and a more natural setting, many of the existing trees have been left in place, according to Suffolk Parks Commissioner Phil Berdolt.  The dog park will have three sections: a 80′ x 300′ small dog area; a 120′ x 300′ large dog area and a 40′ x 100′ agility training area.  The provision of a agility training area is a first for a Suffolk County dog park, the Parks Commissioner noted. Each of the sections will be completely fenced by 4′ high black vinyl coated chain link fence.  In addition, two watering locations have been installed. The total dog recreation site will cover 64,000 square feet or about one and one-half acres.

The funds for the new dog park come from a $100,000 grant obtained by New York State Sen. Phil Boyle. Former Suffolk Legislator (now NYS Senator) Monica Martinez sponsored the resolution in the Suffolk Legislature to accept the grant and authorize the dog park.

As is the case for all Suffolk County parks, on-leash dog walking will continue to be allowed throughout Gardiner Park.  Some dog owners had been told that on-leash dog walking was at risk as a result of the new dog park. However, in a statement Commissioner Berdolt noted: “This is our most utilized park for patrons and their pets. We will continue to keep this park an on-leash friendly park.”

In order to make sure Gardiner Park works for all park patrons, please keep your dogs leashed unless you are in the dog park itself.  Also, as always, please remember to clean up after your dog.


.01/09/2017 – West Hills Large Dog Park Reopened

 

 

West Hills Two Dogs Running 

West Hills Large Dog Park Reopened! Temporary Fencing Dividing West Hills Small Dog Park Removed. The actions by the Suffolk Parks Dept. in early January follow a NYS DEC report that found no contamination in or close to the large dog park as a result of illegal dumping nearby. Read the details at Large Dog Park at West Hills County Park Reopened!


01/09/2017 – West Hills Large Dog Park Reopened

Large Dog Park at West Hills County Park Reopened!

Suffolk Parks Action Follows Temporary Closure Due to Illegal Dumping Nearby

West Hills Two Dogs Running

Maki and Rider Enjoying the West Hills Large Dog Park Photo Credit: Dana Richter Photography

The West Hills Large Dog Park  on Sweet Hollow Rd. has reopened! The Suffolk Parks Dept. took the action on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, after an investigation by the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation found there was no contamination in or close to the dog park. Health concerns had been raised as a result of illegal dumping at the nearby Sweet Hills Stables.

Suffolk Parks Commissioner Philip Berdolt explained the decision in a statement released to LI-DOG on Jan. 9th:

We are pleased to reopen the large dog park at West Hills. After a long investigation and extensive testing done by NYSDEC, it has been determined that there are no contaminants in or close to the dog park and therefore we are able to reopen. We thank the Public for patience and understanding during this difficult time and look forward to welcoming all the happy four legged friends back! Thank you and enjoy!

At the same time as the large dog park was reopened, the West Hills small dog park on High Hold Drive was restored to its full size. In an effort to accommodate users of the large dog park, which was temporarily closed in Sept. while the investigation into illegal dumping got underway, the Parks Dept. had installed temporary fencing in the small dog park dividing it into two. While LI-DOG proposed alternative temporary off-leash areas for users of the large dog park, the Parks Dept. noted that dividing the small dog park in two was the only option given the County’s dire financial situation. (Read about the division of the small dog park and the closing of the large dog park at West Hills Dog Park Closes Temporarily)

The temporary fencing in the small dog park has now been removed and the small dog park, which covers one-third of an acre, is once again only for dogs 25 pounds and under. The large dog park, which covers almost two acres on Sweet Hollow Rd., is for dogs 26 pounds and over.

At one time the dog park on High Hold Drive was the only dog park in Suffolk County. In 2005 and 2006, LI-DOG worked with Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro and the Suffolk County Parks Dept. to transform an often unused field on Sweet Hollow Rd. into the West Hills large dog park.

The reopening of the large dog park on Sweet Hollow Rd. follows a Nov. 2016 letter to Suffolk County residents by the Suffolk Dept. of Health Services in which the Dept. noted that laboratory analyses of soil in the vicinity of the riding stable “do not suggest excessive, widespread contamination…even though the levels may exceed those required for criminal prosecution.” In fact, contaminant levels “do not represent an unusual exposure for an active recreational setting, like the riding center,” the Dept. wrote. (Read the Suffolk Health Dept. Letter on West Hills.)

We at LI-DOG are extremely grateful to the Suffolk County Parks Dept. for its diligent and proactive approach to managing the situation with the large dog park at West Hills County Park. Both dog parks in West Hills have become important to the daily lives of many people and their dogs. Thank you, Suffolk Parks, for working to meet the needs of those of us who love and cherish our dogs!

To get the latest on the West Hills small dog park, go to the West Hills Small Dog Park Facebook Group . To check out what’s happening at the West Hills large dog park, go to the West Hills Dog Park Facebook Group.

Thank you for your support!