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Mejias and Suozzi Introduce Area’s First Green Dog Park

Sixth Dog Park in Nassau County, Seventh Coming Spring 2010

Legislator Dave Mejias (D-Farmingdale) and Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi introduced a new recreational outlet at Old Bethpage Village Restoration for a very important constituent: man’s best friend.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place on Oct. 1, extends to six the number of dog runs offered in Nassau County parks and is the first in the area covered by the Town of Oyster Bay. The dog run, which is located near the entrance to the Village, provides separate areas for large and small dogs.  Benches at the new dog run where donated by the Boy Scouts of America.  The park will operate the same hours of Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

The dog run has another unique feature: a “green” rain-water collection system, including a filtration element that will provide dogs with drinking water in between play and socialization.  The drinking water system catches rain water on the roof and directs the flow down, into a barrel where it is then filtered and ready to be dispensed into dog bowls located on the ground. 

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which coincided with the opening of the four-day Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village, Mejias brought along his own pooch, a Wheaten Terrier, Marley.

Said Mejias, “This is a great addition to our community and will truly provide hours of enjoyment for the entire family. I invite everyone to come over to Old Bethpage Village with their dogs.”

County Executive Tom Suozzi, also a dog owner of a black lab and a yellow lab, spoke about Nassau County’s commitment to dog owners.

“The dog runs in our parks have developed a very strong following over the years and provide a great outlet for both the dogs and dog-owners, many of whom form friendships as a result of the interaction they have at these locations,” said Suozzi. “I am very pleased that together with Legislator Mejias, I have been able to provide this new addition to our parks system.”

Nassau County Parks Commissioner Jose Lopez, owner of a Yorkshire Terrier, also announced that the County was preparing a seventh dog park at Eisenhower Park and that is scheduled to be opened in the spring of 2010. 

The county’s other dog runs are located in Bay Park in East Rockaway; Cedar Creek Park in Seaford; Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills; Nickerson Beach in Lido and Wantagh Park.

Old Bethpage Village provides visitors with the opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American village set on more than 200 acres and housing some 50 historic buildings. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday.

There are no fees for the dog run, but entrance fees to the village are $7 for children 5 - 12 (those under 5 are free), seniors and volunteer firefighters; and $10 for adults. OBVR is located on Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage (exit 48 on the LIE); for more information, call 572-8400.