A pilot program allowing leashed dogs in Heckscher Park begins January 1, and Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol is working with the Long Island Dog Owners Group (LI-DOG) to spread the word about the common sense rules implemented to make the program a success. Councilwoman Cergol and LI-DOG’s educational campaign includes:
- An explanatory video featuring Councilwoman Cergol and her boxer, Dempsey.
- Detailed signage to be installed at all park entrances.
- An at-a-glance card detailing to rules.
- A dedicated cadre of LI-DOG volunteers to serve as ambassadors in the park, handing out the card and answering questions from dog owners and persons without dogs.
- Installation of dog waste bag dispensers at the park.
- Keep dogs on leash (maximum 6 feet) and under control. No retractable leashes.
- Pick up and properly dispose of dog waste.
- Yield to all other park goers on the paths by stepping off the path.
- Keep dogs out of the playground, picnic areas, tennis courts and the ball field, when in use.
- Keep dogs quiet during events at the Harry Chapin Rainbow Stage.
- Avoid wildlife for their safety and their dog’s.
- Keep dogs out of the plantings and the pond.
- Have dogs licensed and vaccinated.
- Have no more than two dogs per handler.
- Respect other park goers so the park is a good experience for everyone.