The rocks are gone, the dogs are happy
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The new surface will require some basic maintenance by the village. It must be regularly washed down and disinfected. Barra said he is not concerned about bacteria from dog urine because the turf is porous, as are the crushed concrete and pebbles underneath.
“It’s not a solid surface, so it does drain,” Infield said, adding that the Friends group will also do its part to keep the surface clean.
Barra said he believes the $20,000 outlay by the village was worthwhile because if officials hadn’t acted, the park would have sat virtually unused. “Now we have a great facility with, I think, the best surface around for dogs,” he said. “I would put this up now against any dog park anywhere.”
The Friends group will host a grand reopening celebration on Oct. 27. The event will include registration information, raffles, vendors, pet rescue groups and a Halloween costume contest for dogs.
Infield said his goal is to get dog owners from throughout Valley Stream to sign up to use the park. The cost is $18 a year for village residents, and $55 for Central High School District dog owners. Infield said he believes the price is worth it for an off-leash dog facility close to home.
He explained that many people gave the dog park a try with the old surface, and he now wants them to give it a try with the artificial turf. “We got people to come,” he said. “They came once and never came again because it wasn’t good for their dogs. We’ve go to get those people back.”