Santino Announces Grand Opening of Town's First Dog Park; Encourages Dogs Owners to Enjoy State-of-the-Art Facility at Newbridge Road Park

They say every dog has his day, and thanks to Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Hempstead Town’s canine friends will enjoy many great “dog days” at the town’s brand new dog park in Bellmore. Santino and his colleagues were joined by four-legged friends to host a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the new facility, located at Newbridge Road Park.

“This is a great destination where dogs can play, socialize, burn off excess energy and share some quality time with their furry and human companions,” stated Supervisor Santino. “We are excited to unveil the Town of Hempstead’s first dog park, a state-of-the-art facility now open and free for all town residents and their dogs.”

Local canines are sure to have a doggone good time at the 14,025-square-foot park, comprised of a paw-friendly synthetic turf surface and including ramps, weave poles, hurdles and other fun amenities. The park will also have picnic tables, benches, shaded areas and water fountains for both people and dogs.

“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino to open this great dog park in the heart of America’s largest township,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “We encourage all dog owners to come down and enjoy all that this dog park has to offer.”

The park is open only to Town of Hempstead residents and their dogs. Owners must provide their pet’s current rabies vaccination tag and current Town of Hempstead dog license. Other rules apply, and can be found at http://bit.ly/2cNsGdy.

“A healthy dog is a happy dog,” said Councilwoman Sweeney. “This park is beautiful and will be used by dog owners and their best furry friends for years to come.”

Dog parks offer large swaths of land for canines to run around and play in the sun, when they would otherwise be cooped up indoors or in a small backyard. What’s more, increased physical activity and social interaction can benefit a dog’s behavior back at home.

“A dog park is a great addition to the community,” stated Councilman D’Esposito. “It is a perfect place for dogs to run and play while bonding with their owners.”

Newbridge Road Park is already home to basketball, handball and tennis courts, softball, baseball and multi-purpose fields, game tables, a playground, outdoor pool and even an indoor ice rink. The dog park will be located on the south end of the park.

For more information about the dog park, please call the Newbridge Road Park Administrative Office at (516) 783-2500.