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Dogs and humans celebrate park’s first year


Valley Stream’s dog park just turned 7 — in dog years, that is. Actually it is 1 human year old and that in itself was a cause to celebrate.

Friends of the Valley Stream Dog Park hosted a first anniversary celebration at the park, located on the Village Green adjacent to the Long Island Rail Road tracks. Last Saturday’s event was marred slightly by inconsistent weather — a little rain, lots of clouds and only occasional sun. However, dozens of pet owners and their dogs still came out to experience the atmosphere.

Dogs were running and playing with each other, many enjoying the obstacles built by Valley Stream Boy Scouts. Loretta Mignore, who brought her dogs Coco Chanel and Yoshi to the park. “They love it here,” she said.

Mignore said she likes the artificial turf, which replaced the original surface of rocks. She said it is soft, clean and safe.

Richard Infield, president of the Friends group, said he signed up several new members, among them New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. There were also several vendors on hand including pet stores and animal rescue groups.

Infield said the event was success and he was pleased with how long people and their dogs stayed to enjoy the facility. He said the Friends groups will look to plan a fundraiser for the park in the future.