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Eisenhower Dog Park Opens in East Meadow

More than 300 people attended the park's grand opening.

Sally Marfisi, of Levittown got her Chihuahua, Lucy, a rescue from Hurricane Katrina, in 2006. She said that now that The Eisenhower Dog Park is open, she will be bringing Lucy out much more.

"We will be coming here quite often," Marfisi smiled.

More than 300 people and their four-legged friends came out to the grand opening of The Eisenhower Dog Park on Saturday.

Christine Laubis, Nassau co-chair of LI Dog, said that the organization, along with residents, have been trying to get the park open for five years. A petition with 1,300 signatures in favor of a dog park in Eisenhower Park, was first submitted to the County in 2008.

"I am absolutely thrilled that the park is open," Laubis said. "It is beautiful and we are grateful to the County for listening to its constituents and to Pets Supplies Plus for all that they have sponsored."

County Executive Edward Mangano addressed residents as he and his wife, Linda, held their Daschunds, Max and Rocco.

"We want to thank all those who made this park possible," he said. "I know it will be a great experience for everyone."

Approximately an acre in size, the new dog park is located on the site of a former baseball field and basketball court. The park features an area for smaller dogs that are 25 pounds and under and an area for larger dogs with two separate entrances. A parking lot is also adjacent to the area.

The park also includes benches, shade structures, waste bag containers and water fountains, which were all sponsored by Pets Supplies Plus.

"This is just fantastic," Stanley Lang, chairman of Pet Supplies Plus said. "This project has been ongoing for four or five years. The turnout was fabulous."

Janet Siciliano of Westbury brought her Yorkie, Martini, out to the park to get some physical activity.

"This is a great thing," she said. "The dogs can get their exercise and meet other dogs."

There are six other County dog runs: Bay Park in East Rockaway, Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills, Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach, Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage and Wantagh Park in Wantagh.

"It took a while to make this a reality," Deputy Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves said. "But I believe that this will be one of the jewels of the dog parks in Nassau County."

The Eisenhower Dog Park is located on Salisbury Park Drive and Stewart Avenue and will be open from daylight until dusk.

Do you think The Eisenhower Dog Park is a positive addition to East Meadow? Tell us in the comments below.

Pamper Ur Poochie Parlor October 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Awwww there is a picture of our famous Zoca Bear cup cakes. Pamper Ur Poochie Parlor is a proud supporter and friend of LI Dog Owners ! PUPP donates the cupcakes to be given for free to whom ever donates $5 or more to LI DOG. We are so proud of the hard work this wonderful organization does for all of us dog lovers and owners of LI.. Congratulations my dear friends another well done job!! Suely Vera Owner and President Pamper Ur Poochie Parlor Day Care & Boarding
Bill Kara October 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM
So far the dog park is working out great.... increased traffic in my cul de sac, constant turn arounds in front of my house (counted 20 in 30 minutes today) and all the spill over parking in front of my house....every day since it opened. This is going to be a huge issue unless the park/town controls the spill over. Not a fan....
WhitneyAW October 23, 2012 at 08:07 PM
We've been multiple times already and we love it! Lots of space for the little fluffy one to run around. I do agree with the above poster though--the parking situation is absolutely awful. I can't imagine any of the neighbors are happy about people parking in front of their houses. I try to limit the times I park in front of someone's house, but sometimes there isn't anything else you can do!
Cathy M October 25, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I think this is a great addition to the park. Responsible dog owners know how important training and socialization is for dogs. I went on Saturday and the dogs were having a great time. I agree the parking should be improved maybe take out old basketball court to expand for more cars. My dog slept well after playing for over an hour can't wait to take him back.
Cathy M October 25, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I read Paul's article above about dog parks and have been taking my dog to cedar creek for 3 years never a problem with pit bulls including mine which is very social. It is not only pit bulls my dog was confronted by smaller dogs in the dog park that snarl and growl my dog is trained to move on from that behavior. Pit bulls that are brought as puppies to dog parks and socialized are great dogs and there are many pit bulls at the dog park. Don't blame the breed blame the owner aka people who abuse beat and discard them when they don't win fights. Truth be told it is the people who raise those pit bulls with abuse who have discredited this portion of the terrier breed. It is irresponsible owners of any breed who bring there dogs to the park with lack of training and lack of common sense to control there dog that cause problems for the rest of us. Everyone blames the dog when they should look to the person holding the leash for accountability.

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