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Nyack dog owners, frustrated by the ban on off-leash pets in Memorial Park, may soon have a safer, fenced in area to romp, sniff and doo those things they do. The Nyack Parks Conservacy is working with South Nyack officials about opening a dog run at the Elizabeth Street Park by the Thruway in South Nyack.

Parks Conservacy President Jen Laird-White says that all the space needs is a little bit of  fencing and some public support. “It’s a perfect place for dogs to run off leash in a large fenced in area,” she says. Laird-White adds that she has field tested the site with her pooch DeeDee and the location passes the ‘€œsniff test.’€

The quarter-acre park is serviced by the South Nyack DPW. It also is referenced in the Draft Transit Mode Selection Report for a new Tappan Zee Bridge. The report says a ‘€œsliver’€ of this park may be needed to accommodate rail or automobile access.

The Parks Conservacy recommended against letting dogs run off leash at Memorial Park following a petition drive by pet owners last February. Three incidents involving dogs and park users during the Spring and Summer months moved the park trustees to post signs reminding owners that Memorial Park is off limits to off-leash pets.

For more information or to volunteer to create the dog run, contact Jen-Laird White at

See Also: This Town Should Be Going To The DogsDogs/Cats, LoHud blogs

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