Dog park to celebrate first anniversary
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For the most part, Infield said there is a general camaraderie among dog owners. He did not one instance a few months ago when one dog was attacked by another. Blood was drawn, Infield said, but the dog was not seriously injured. He also said the situation was addressed by officials from the village.
Beyond that, he said there have been no other serious incidents at the park. He said the feedback from dog owners has been very positive.
Wallach said that while her dog is older and doesn’t play as much as younger pups, Samantha does enjoy sitting on the bridge and sniffing around. She would like to see some additional features added to the park, such as doggy pool.
Infield said he would like to add more features to the park, including shaded space in the small dog area and a security system.
The Friends group is still working to become a registered not-for-profit agency so it can begin fundraising. Infield said he would like to host at least one major fundraiser each year, with money going to support the dog park.
Dog owners can sign up to use the park and become a member of the Friends group at an anniversary event planned for May 11 at the park. There will be several pet-related vendors and rescue groups on hand.
DeAngelis said that the village is trying to reach out to dog owners to let them know about the dog park. He said when renewal applications were sent out for all dog licenses, information about the facility was also included.
Like Infield, DeAngelis said he hears good things about the park, and not just from residents of Valley Stream, as many people notice it when riding on the train. “When people are saying I wish my village and town had that,” he said, “you know you’re doing something good.”