DOG PARK PILOT PROGRAM

Locations:

Allenwood Park - Near Station Road entrance
Village Green - Near Great Neck House parking lot exit

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Dog Parks are now more popular than ever. Communities everywhere have learned that residents LOVE their dog parks. They’ve become special places for folks to gather with other dog owners and their dogs, as a regular, perhaps even daily, recreation activity, much like cyclists, swimmers, runners, ball players, and the list goes on and on.

There are many community benefits offered by dog parks, not just the personal benefits of being an enjoyable alternative to needing to regularly walk one’s dog.

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BENEFITS

From “Dog Park Design, Development, and Operation” by Dr. Marilynn R. Glasser

Dog parks give pets the opportunity to play, exercise and socialize in a safe environment.  It provides owners with an alternative to regular dog walking but offers so much more than a simple walk.  They can safely run, play and have fun with other dogs under the watchful eyes of their owners, who also enjoy the dog park “experience”. 

Dog parks promote and encourage responsible pet ownership.  They encourage dog owners to realize the importance of their pet’s needs for exercise, play, exploration and socialization – and dog parks certainly provide these opportunities.  The presence of a dog park in a community also enables owners to use an appropriate location for these activities rather than other areas where they might not feel the need to pick up after their dog or follow other rules typical in dog parks.   (NOTE:  When communities develop an off-leash facility, they often then no longer allow dogs in other public parks)

Dog parks provide apartment dwellers, elderly individuals and disabled pet owners with an accessible place to exercise their dogs.  “If it wasn’t for our dog park, I couldn’t have a dog!”

Dog parks promote enforcement of dog control laws.  As dog control laws typically refer to important rules related to dog ownership, especially about licensing and vaccinations, dog park rules reflect these laws and dog owners must comply in order to use their local dog park; they might otherwise ignore the laws.

Dog parks are added attractions in community parks that cater to a large, legitimate constituency.   Most communities have many, many dog owners; just as many communities have many ballplayers, soccer players, swimmers, tennis players, etc., etc.  It’s possible that there are more dog owners in a given community than all those other activity participants combined!

Dog parks provide an opportunity for dog owners to meet and socialize.  In some communities, this benefit is extremely popular!  Friendships are made and fostered while their dogs have fun.  This benefit may be particularly enjoyable for singles and folks living alone with a pet.

Dog owners love to watch their dogs at play; but many people, including those without dogs, enjoy watching the pets play in a dog park.

Dog parks provide a municipality with an additional park venue not unlike ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds and swimming pools, each of which have their own enthusiasts and  supporters.

Dog parks promote public health and safety; well exercised dogs are typically better neighbors who are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively or destroy property.

Dog parks have multi-generational characteristics and advantages; though most dog parks have rules concerning young children, older children, teens, adults and senior citizens can happily use a dog park together.  

Dog parks often increase property and home values.  Realtors have realized that, for many buyers, a local dog park is considered a plus!

Dog parks have reportedly caused decreases in antisocial and illegal activities in public parks.   Troublemakers are less likely to use a public park with an active off-leash facility.

Constituents appreciate their dog parks!

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