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Eisenhower Park Dog Run Making Progress

Legis. Norma Gonsalves, R-East Meadow, says that additional funding is needed for the two dog runs, but the plan is a go.

After surrounding whether or not the county would move forward with two proposed dog runs in , the plan has been given the go-ahead.

Legis. Norma Gonsalves, R-East Meadow, told Patch that she recently spoke to Bob Dwyer from Nassau County's Department of Parks and Recreation, and he told her that they're looking to complete the project as soon as possible.

The gate to the dog run will be located at the corner of Salisbury Park Drive and Stewart Avenue, with the main part of the new facility running along Salisbury Park Drive.

One of the dog runs will be for bigger dogs, while the other will be for pooches of the more petite variety. Gonsalves said that she'd like to see the dog runs completed by June.

"Right now they’re looking for additional funding because Pet Safe is going to fund some of the project, and I also believe the county is looking into how they can do the fencing," Gonsalves said. "It’s a go. It’s not something that’s on the back burner. The dog lovers are happy about that, and we’re going to do everything we can to expedite its arrival."

The idea was at civic meetings last spring, leaving many residents excited about the proposition of a place for local canine companions to play. Legis. Gonsalves confirmed the in August of 2011.

How do you feel about the new dog runs coming to Eisenhower Park? Tell us in the comments.

paul March 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I think the dog run is a mistake. It will cause to much traffic in the park and the surrounding areas. The overflow traffic, excess garbage and poop in the park and the area around it is uncalled for. Perhaps the BZA needs to take a closer look into this dog run and see if it has the correct applications in place.... Sonic we cant have but a dog run we can.???? Maybe the BZA needs to take a walk....
Linda Ryan March 28, 2012 at 05:14 PM
sounds like you hate yourself paul....the 2 dog runs i use now are cleaner than the streets in the area where i live....talk about traffic jams....hempstead tpk is always jammed as many other main roads.....the people coming to the park from queens and the city will cause the traffic at the park....i dont see any extra traffic at the parks i go to now......if you owned a dog...you would be whistleing a different tune....sonds like you need a nap...
MIKE F March 28, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Isn't there already a golf course running along Salisbury Park Drive? Im sure the golfers will be thrilled with barking dogs. What happened to it going near safety town?
paul March 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
To Linda: My dog run comment was a bit facetious due to another concern in the area which was the building of a Sonic Drive In restaurant and the BZA got it WRONG. ;o) That's another issue. On the dog walk topic: Oh! How nice. A dog run / dog walk. I hope there is a sign that says "NO AGGRESSIVE DOGS" like Rottweiler's etc.
Howie Kirsh March 29, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Great idea for dog lovers; also smart to have two separate areas, one for big and one for little dogs.
Strug Lynn March 29, 2012 at 02:30 PM
You cannot realistically believe all Rottweilers are aggressive. Agressive dogs come in all breeds, shapes and sizes and a lot of them are that way because they have not been taught better behaviors from the start, not due to their breed. Although breeding agressive dogs can certainly create more of the same, not agressive BREEDS, agressive DOGS. And yes, people do bring aggressive dogs to dog parks which is why I don't use them. After my second trip directly from the dog park to the vet I gave up. But in the long run, it is the people who are the problem, not the dogs.
Elizabeth Shannon March 29, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I am looking forward to taking my dog to the dog run there.
D. B. Seaford March 29, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I guess you neither own a dog or visited a dog run. They are cleaner than most streets in some of our very own neighborhoods. Dogs also need to be able to run like the wind and these areas provide that open space for them to do that in a safe environment. It is certainly better than allowing an unleashed dog running around loose on the streets. Perhaps you might visit the dog run upon its' completion. I'm sure you will make many new friends.
Linda Ryan March 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
the streets where i live are dirtier than the dog parks....in the streets youll find used condoms.....glass...mcdonalds garbage....my neighbors dog got bit by a jack russel which is small...at the dog park...so big or small it dont matter.....this planet belongs to all living things....half the golfer that play there dont now how to play anyway....their not pros......dogs can teach humans many lessons....all the problem are caused by humans....not dogs..and the traffic is a jammmmed mess all the time....what will make it worse is the non-residents from urban areas that will increase the traffic...not the dog run....lol
Strug Lynn March 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
If the traffic slows down on Salisbury Park Drive, that would be a GOOD thing anywayl. The number of accidents on that road is ridiculous.
Lisa Dee March 30, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I think this is exciting news! Traffic increase because of a dog park? Most people from the area will WALK their dogs there. As for those outside of the area it's not like it's the main attraction to the park! I hope it gets underway soon, this is long awaited for our area...and my pups need to work off that extra weight they packed on over the winter! lol
paul March 30, 2012 at 07:23 PM
To those who did not see my second comment: Here it is.... My dog run comment was a bit facetious due to another concern in the area which was the building of a Sonic Drive In restaurant and the BZA got it WRONG. ;o) That's another issue. On the dog walk topic: Oh! How nice. A dog run / dog walk. I hope there is a sign that says "NO AGGRESSIVE DOGS" like Rottweiler's etc.
Chris Horton March 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Can't wait!
Rob Frein March 31, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I am looking forward to the grand opening, i am currently a business owner in downtown Westbury, was a local firefighter, and was born and raised in the area ... so sad the misconceptions that lead to ignorance about breads, behavior and noise. dog parks are not large dog fighting rings, the dogs come to exercise and socialize, they police themselves, while their owners keep watchful eyes. there is more noise, and more garbage left behind after a soccer tournament then a dog park... thank you Legis. Norma Gonsalves....
BeachGal March 31, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Great news! More than 50% of all homes in Nassau Country have dogs and it will be nice to have a a place for them to go. A dog park is a nice way for dogs to play off leash safely and also to go and get to know your neighbors. Thanks you Nassau County!
Ron Richichi March 31, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Pauls comments are ridiculous so say the least, as a an avid golfer who plays weekly at Eisenhower, I have no objection what so ever. I believe dedicating a portion of this huge park to our beloved companions is long time coming and well needed. My only concern is entrance safety. The entrance is on the curve of a speedy road & crossing could be hazardous to those who will walk there.. Other than that visit the location before judging it - This I consider well spent $$ as it will benefit both the dogs & owners. Its time we put people & their needs first and not business - If my sky high taxes will be spent in more ways like this to benefit us (over 50% dog owners) than I say go for it.
Susan March 31, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Ron, Paul did say he was being facetious. He was comparing this to the issues with Sonic.
Tom Brande May 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I am very happy to hear this long awaited dream may soon be a reality! And, I read that Pet supplies plus in westbury has met with LI-dogs reps, AND, county officials about possibly providing sponsorship for the run! I say thank You! and, if its true they have certainly earned my business! Anyone who has ever been to the other dog runs in the county can tell you they are very well maintained by the people who use them! You will be very surprised how the dog run will enrich the community, and possibly introduce you to your neighbors! I think it will be a great thing for the dog loving community! I cant wait!
maureen brown May 07, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I can not wait to take my dogs there. This is long overdue and I am excited about. All the city parks allow dogs and I never could understand why Nassau and Suffolk didn't. We pay enough taxes to allow this and most dog owners are very diligent about cleaning up after their dogs. A dog park is a first step in the right direction and will allow our dogs to run free and socialize with other dogs.
Olivia October 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM
As a dog owner and dog lover I'm excited about the doggie park. There are lots of dogs in the neighborhood that would benefit from a safe beautiful place to run not to mention the people getting some fresh air too. I think and hope everyone will do their part to keep the doggie park clean. I can't wait !!!!!!!!! Try not to be so negative about the plan do you prefer another mall or shopping center instead ??!!!!!!!!!

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