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I would like to invite anyone interested in having a dog park in Beacon to come out this Sunday afternoon, October 5th, at 2pm to ZuZu's coffee house. I want to get residents together for ideas, opinions, and dialogue on this topic. If you want a dog park in Beacon like I do, then please come, and bring anyone else who is interested. Thanks.

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Have you been reading my mind? I was going to post on just this topic. I'm very sorry that I can't be at the meeting as I'm currently in London, but I strongly agree that we need an off-leash space for Beacon dogs to exercise and socialise. The tiny, barren space masquerading as a dog park in Fishkill is not worth the journey, and I've been trying to find an alternative without success. I'll keep in touch about this and hopefully meet up with all interested parties on my return. Thanks for initiating action.
nmorgan said:
How much money is this going to cost the taxpayers of Beacon....??
the cost to taxpayers is expected to be nothing-just finding and using space the city already owns. The cost of fencing, signs, ect., would be obtained hopefully through fundraising, business donations, and grants. The next step is scouting out suitable city -owned spaces that would satisfy the whole Beacon community with the least potential resistance. Are you interested in helping?
Charlene Vesuvius said:
Now I like dogs as much as the next gal, but most of the dogs I've encountered in Beacon are so unsocialized that they would eat any smaller pooches they found in an enclosed dog park. Of course, I don't like Beagles. So I propose a variation on the river pool for this breed. Just take all the Beagles out to an enclosed pool in the Hudson and let them romp around in the water for a week or two, and if they sink -- then they are witches anyway.
Wow, I never thought of that-maybe a dog park and dog pool. From what I've read of dog parks and from what I've experienced the owners would be responsible for the dog's actions, aggressive dogs restricted from using the park, or a separate space for smaller dogs (even Beagles).
We would definitely be interested since right now we trek over to Fishkill a few times a week to let the dog get her wrestling time in. There's always a few other dogs from Beacon hanging out.
I think a dog park would be a wonderful thing for the dogs of Beacon. We have been allowed to use an empty, fenced-in lot at the west end of Main St, but we need more volunteers to make it more user friendly. Not many people use it any more. Ideally, a larger spot would be nice. I'm sure there's a way to make this happen at no cost to the tax payers. You put a lock on the fence and charge for a membership which gets you a key. Just an idea. Once the holidays are over we will have more time to get involved. Thanks for getting the ball rolling Chris. We can always use the lot on the west end in the meantime until there is more support.
Hey guys-I'd be happy to talk to you about the fenced-in lot, and about volunteers. I could contact people who have signed up at the Barkery supporting a dog park. I have been been waiting for some responses from people who could suggest some possible locations on city-owned land in Beacon. I looked at land at Hiddenbrooke, which seems to lack parking space and has a long path to any open fields, as well as the old skate board park at Memorial which is too small. Anyway, I'll talk to you this weekend. Thanks for responding.

Katy & Buddy said:
I think a dog park would be a wonderful thing for the dogs of Beacon. We have been allowed to use an empty, fenced-in lot at the west end of Main St, but we need more volunteers to make it more user friendly. Not many people use it any more. Ideally, a larger spot would be nice. I'm sure there's a way to make this happen at no cost to the tax payers. You put a lock on the fence and charge for a membership which gets you a key. Just an idea. Once the holidays are over we will have more time to get involved. Thanks for getting the ball rolling Chris. We can always use the lot on the west end in the meantime until there is more support.
I so glad someone is taking the lead on this. When I first came to Beacon 2.5 years ago, I had hoped to get a dog park off the ground. Alas, work and the time it takes getting there, overwhelmed the process. Please keep me informed how this is evolving, when the next meeting takes place and what research that needs to be done. We could start small but in order to make it a long lasting entity in the city, we would need to apply to the parks deparment (city and/or county) as a nonprofit 501k so that we could raise funds to do it right.

For my own preference, I would hope we could get a large enough space so that our dogs can race through shaded trails with their humans, have at least one open field to catch balls and frisbees and chase each other, a water feature to romp, catch sticks and cool the heck off in the summer time such as a natural pond, creek or river and it would be nice to have a separate fenced are for small dogs or pups that need to be amongsth their own size levels. Eventually, benches and shelters could be installed with funding, plantings if the area is lacking, plumbing for dog drinking water and a good sanitary system for getting rid of dog poo. We would have a committe that would oversee regulation, licensing so everything is on the up and up, park funds to be distributed for projects, fundraising, upkeep, etc. A well run dog park is an asset to the city. A poorly run dog park can be a damn mess.

One of the best dog parks I have ever been to is back in Seattle.Trees and trails, at least 5 swimming areas, 3 fields, sand pits, 2 bathrooms (for humans), benches and human shelters to get out of the rain (its Seattle after all). I know, this is a little much for Beacon's small community but even a mini Marymore dog park would be fantastic. Here is a link:

http://www.soda.org/

cheryl nelson
Hi guys,

Any update on this since last October? It seems to have gone very quiet. I'm now here full-time and would like to get involved in organising a decent dog park for Beacon.

Claire M
I moved to Beacon in November, missing this initial push. I'd like to help make a dog park, too.

The Little Brit said:
Hi guys,

Any update on this since last October? It seems to have gone very quiet. I'm now here full-time and would like to get involved in organising a decent dog park for Beacon.

Claire M
Hi there, I was one of the people who met with you at zuzu's last year, has there been any development on this subject? I'd love to help
hope you had a good year, time flies.
I think the owners of the Beacon Barkery are trying to push for this. I really encourage you to contact them before this meeting so they can tell you about their progress. They are at 845-440-7652. I will mention this to them today. I think they have actually spoken to the mayor about this.

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