Top spots for your pooch to roam free
While letting the dog out in the backyard or taking it for a walk down the street may be more convenient, Long Island offers options away from the house that provide features for not just dogs, but owners and companions alike.
Massapequa Dog Park
95 Clocks Blvd., Massapequa
At the time of its opening in 2012, Massapequa Dog Park was the only dedicated dog park in the Town of Oyster Bay. The one-acre park is divided into areas for large dogs and small dogs (under 25 pounds). The wood chips that cover the grounds are ideal for dogs who enjoy rolling around and getting dirty. The park is notoriously busy during weekend afternoons, however, so plan your visit accordingly.
Eisenhower Dog Park
North side of the park, corner of Stewart Avenue and Salisbury Park Drive in Westbury
This dog park offers separate entrances for small dogs and large dogs and its perimeter is entirely fenced. The park also features benches, a shade structure, drinking fountains and waste bag containers. With about one acre of park available for the dogs, there is plenty of space for dogs who are looking to stretch their legs or just enjoy the fresh air.
Old Bethpage Restoration Dog Run
1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage
This run is free and features defined areas for small and large dogs. Old Bethpage Restoration Dog Run is doing its best to be as eco-friendly as possible, as it collects and filters rainwater for the dogs to drink. The local Boy Scout troops also support the park, having donated the benches that owners can sit on.
2600 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore
The first dog park in the Town of Hempstead, Newbridge Road Dog Park opened its gates less than two years ago. This dog park is suited more for active dogs, as the park contains plenty of appropriately sized agility equipment, including hoops, hurdles and ramps. Additionally, the park looks out for human companions, as trees and benches offer shade and comfort for dog owners.
Glen Cove Dog Park
Dennis Murray Park, 12 E Leech Circle, Glen Cove
What separates Glen Cove Dog Park from the others is its convenience for families. There is a separate gated playground close by, ideal for children to play at while parents relax in the shade. For the dogs, there are separate areas for large and small dogs, canine water fountains and waste bags.
West Hills County Dog Park
Corner of Sweet Hollow Rd. and Gwynne Rd., West Hills
The West Hills County Dog Park is popular for pet-owners in the Huntington and Melville Area. The fenced in park offers easy parking, waste bags and plenty of space for pups to run around. The small dog run is separate from the big dog run, a big plus for owners concerned about safety. Fees apply during certain times.
Port Jeff Dog Beach
12 Buena Vista Rd., Port Jefferson
If your dog has rolled around in enough grass this summer, trying bringing him to the beach! Port Jefferson Public Beach has a designated area dogs can play in the sand and splash around in the water to their heart’s content.
—Additional information by Kimberly Dijkstra