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All who are interested in working with us to get a dog park in Beacon, please respond with name and email, We've had some discussion with Mayor Gold and he is interested. Help will range from fund raising to planning. thanks, Libby Faison, Beacon Barkery, 192 Main St., Beacon 440-7652

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I suppose you feel this way about screaming children as well. I have a better idea, maybe you should stay home.

nmorgan said:
There are tons of dog parks already in Beacon...they are called the dog owner's back yard!!! I know that all of you dog owners seem to think that I enjoy listening to your dogs bark all day long...but there must have been some confusion cause I don't want to hear your dog's barking. So if you guys, who feel the need bother the city council with this very petty issue, would just focus on keeping your dog's quiet - then the world would be a much happier place. Once you have demonstrated the ability to adhere to the city's barking ordinance, then you may be considered for a dog park. When you meet with Mayor Gold, please share my thoughts......
Hey!

This is getting personal.

nmorgan said:
There are tons of dog parks already in Beacon...they are called the dog owner's back yard!!! I know that all of you dog owners seem to think that I enjoy listening to your dogs bark all day long...but there must have been some confusion cause I don't want to hear your dog's barking. So if you guys, who feel the need bother the city council with this very petty issue, would just focus on keeping your dog's quiet - then the world would be a much happier place. Once you have demonstrated the ability to adhere to the city's barking ordinance, then you may be considered for a dog park. When you meet with Mayor Gold, please share my thoughts......
May I suggest that the reason you hear dogs barking "all day long" - is because that they ARE confined to a back yard, all tied up? Dogs are social creatures, and enjoy the company of other dogs and people; so if there is a dog park put in place here in Beacon, you might just hear LESS dogs barking "all day long" ?
You might want to change your tune.
And FYI - I am NOT a dog owner, just a fan.

nmorgan said:
There are tons of dog parks already in Beacon...they are called the dog owner's back yard!!! I know that all of you dog owners seem to think that I enjoy listening to your dogs bark all day long...but there must have been some confusion cause I don't want to hear your dog's barking. So if you guys, who feel the need bother the city council with this very petty issue, would just focus on keeping your dog's quiet - then the world would be a much happier place. Once you have demonstrated the ability to adhere to the city's barking ordinance, then you may be considered for a dog park. When you meet with Mayor Gold, please share my thoughts......
Starting A Dog Park
There are many benefits to having a dog park in your town. Dog owners can move the park development process along by helping others in the community understand the need. Each community has its own rules for public facility use, so the first place to start is by doing some homework - is anyone else in your town developing a dog park? Can your local parks and recreation department offer any help? Since many dog parks are located in city parks, this is an excellent place to begin. Well-informed people with well-behaved dogs can make a positive and powerful impact on their neighborhoods.

The Marin Humane Society has been involved in the development of a number of local dog parks and states that:
“There is no doubt that dog owners deserve to share in the “park pie” with other special use groups like baseball, soccer and tennis clubs. The recognized use of city and county maintained dog parks is growing at an amazing rate around the country, and these parks can provide an excellent venue for providing information on low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, the microchip ID, dog training, and other information related to keeping canines happy and healthy. Dogs contribute immeasurably to their family’s quality of life, thus helping to foster a sense of community for everyone. Making dog parks a priority creates positive community spirit.”



Tips on Starting A Dog Park

Community Benefits
Socializes and exercises dogs in a safe environment.
Promotes responsible pet ownership.
Provides elderly and disabled owners with an accessible place to exercise their companions.
Enables dogs to legally run off-leash.
Promotes public health and safety.
Provides a tool for realistic enforcement of dog control laws.

The Ideal Dog Park is Designed to Include
Concern for the environment.
One acre or more surrounded by a 4’ to 6’ fence.
Entry - double gated.
Shade and water.
Adequate drainage.
Parking close to site.
Grass area; routine mowing.
Covered garbage cans with regular trash removal.
Pooper scooper stations.
Benches.
Wheel chair access.
Safe location, not isolated.
Regular maintenance.

Things to Consider Before Developing a Dog park
Appropriate site selection.
Noise.
Maintenance and health concerns.
City support.
Traffic.
Supervision of park.
Insurance requirements.
Local regulations.

The Role of A Dog park Group
Raise funds for amenities.
Monitor use.
Clean-up.
Serve as communications liaison with city, neighborhood and dog owners.

(List reprinted with permission of the Marin Humane Society.)



Let's also all please keep in mind that a dog park is an added bonus for dogs, and NOT a substitute for two walks a day. A dog park helps the socialisation process immensely and there's no human substitute for dog wrestling, but the number one duty, responsibility and priority for a dog owner is to walk your dog daily!
I would gladly help in any way possible to make a dog park a reality in Becaon---stef.schappert@gmail.com

My husband and I moved up to Beacon 5 years ago from NYC and are happy dog owners. We have always felt there was a lack of space in Beacon for our dog to socially interact with other dogs while being leash-free. The other big aspect of a dog park would be the opportunity for other dog owners to meet and socialize as well. Living in NYC for 10 years before Beacon, I know dog parks are a big part of city life, and one of the things I missed the most about moving up here. We take our dog to the riverfront park in Beacon quite often, and I have always thought that the empty, unused and shaded space between the parking lot and basketball courts would be perfect. A few years ago they did open a dog park in Fishkill, but it was not up to par. There are no trees for shade, no drainage so when it rains it is a muddy disaster, plus no benches for owners to sit. And just recently the town implemented a fee for usage. Dogs (and their owners) would greatly benefit from a space of their own in Beacon!!
I have seen this website before- kudos to whomever has put the plan in action for Beacon.

Andy Brown said:
Starting A Dog Park
There are many benefits to having a dog park in your town. Dog owners can move the park development process along by helping others in the community understand the need. Each community has its own rules for public facility use, so the first place to start is by doing some homework - is anyone else in your town developing a dog park? Can your local parks and recreation department offer any help? Since many dog parks are located in city parks, this is an excellent place to begin. Well-informed people with well-behaved dogs can make a positive and powerful impact on their neighborhoods.

The Marin Humane Society has been involved in the development of a number of local dog parks and states that:
“There is no doubt that dog owners deserve to share in the “park pie” with other special use groups like baseball, soccer and tennis clubs. The recognized use of city and county maintained dog parks is growing at an amazing rate around the country, and these parks can provide an excellent venue for providing information on low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, the microchip ID, dog training, and other information related to keeping canines happy and healthy. Dogs contribute immeasurably to their family’s quality of life, thus helping to foster a sense of community for everyone. Making dog parks a priority creates positive community spirit.”



Tips on Starting A Dog Park

Community Benefits
Socializes and exercises dogs in a safe environment.
Promotes responsible pet ownership.
Provides elderly and disabled owners with an accessible place to exercise their companions.
Enables dogs to legally run off-leash.
Promotes public health and safety.
Provides a tool for realistic enforcement of dog control laws.

The Ideal Dog Park is Designed to Include
Concern for the environment.
One acre or more surrounded by a 4’ to 6’ fence.
Entry - double gated.
Shade and water.
Adequate drainage.
Parking close to site.
Grass area; routine mowing.
Covered garbage cans with regular trash removal.
Pooper scooper stations.
Benches.
Wheel chair access.
Safe location, not isolated.
Regular maintenance.

Things to Consider Before Developing a Dog park
Appropriate site selection.
Noise.
Maintenance and health concerns.
City support.
Traffic.
Supervision of park.
Insurance requirements.
Local regulations.

The Role of A Dog park Group
Raise funds for amenities.
Monitor use.
Clean-up.
Serve as communications liaison with city, neighborhood and dog owners.

(List reprinted with permission of the Marin Humane Society.)



nmorgan, we get it, you want to 'shake things up", be subversive, be provocative, (I'd say be "punk rock", but I like punk rock, so I won't say it)...just like Charlene, but your motives clowd your message. You just sound like an ornery old man...

nmorgan said:
only a dog owner would compare a barking dog to a child.....

when you guys meet with Mayor Gold to talk about a dog park, please remind him to spend a little bit of time focusing on the budget and less time meeting with people to discuss dog park, bicycles, or banning recovering addicts from Main Street...
I am interested in helping out as well. Lena Leon - Lenaleon@gmail.com
This would be awesome! there are so many dog owners and dog lovers here in Beacon. Kari DiLoreto /kadiloreto@gmail.com
nmorgan- I guess its a good thing you don't get to decide and/or dictate what sensibilities and desires of their constituents our government should occupy their time with. Last time I checked, the pursuit of happiness was something we all had a right to, and that includes voicing our opinions and needs to elected officials. Whether they choose to listen to us or not is their choice, so maybe you should tell THEM where their efforts would be best focused.

nmorgan said:
Sonia Roy - I am not sure what you think my motives are other than to have interest groups stop wasting the time and energy of government and stop gaining advantages by using a system that is sympathetic to their specific sensibilities & desires. That type of perspective may sound like an ornery old man to you...but it means that you definitely do NOT get it.
Very interested kundi.clark@gmail.com Thanks for heading this up!

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