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Ocker: Doesn't Seem to be One Perfect Location for Dog Park

Recreation Commission members to explore other various sites once the weather breaks.

The idea of Garden City having its very own dog park is still under review, according to Kevin Ocker, chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs.

Ocker told Patch Monday that the recreation commission continues to discuss the endeavor because there "does not seem to be one perfect location within the village."

A spot next to the community garden at St. Paul's was originally suggested. Members, however, plan to explore various other sites that might work once the weather breaks, he said.

In October 2013, the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, in conjunction with the Department of Recreation and Parks, inquired about residents' possible interest in utilizing such a park in an area within the Saint Paul’s Recreation complex.

Although 30 percent of respondents to the Recreation and Parks Needs Assessment listed “dog park” as an area of importance, the recreation department wanted to hear directly from resident dog owners prior to any funds being allocated for necessary fencing, benches and other amenities.

Ocker said more than 100 residents confirmed they would use it.

"We need to continue to do our due diligence before we either recommend a project or defer the project," Ocker said. 
Steve I January 27, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Sounds like a ruff decision.
Sue Eigl January 28, 2014 at 07:54 AM
I like dogs but I don't know how we're considering a dog park when the kids still have no Recreation Center all these years what a shame. many communities with a lot less money to spend have state-of-the-art community recreation centers and it's an asset to the community
D.R.St-Jacques January 28, 2014 at 08:25 AM
I have to disagree with the statement attributed to Kevin Ocker, that he "must hear from resident dog owners", prior to any funds being allocated to a dog park. The questioner regarding the needs/wishes of the people in Garden City and the suggestions from the group that did the survey, has yet to be acted on. Any project that might have been mentioned in the survey, must be available to ALL residents of Garden City, for comment, if they so wish. When will the Rec Dept. publish their findings on the whole survey?
Adelphi Estates January 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Sounds like someone's pet project...
Barbara Thompson January 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Let's see the results of this survey published on line. And 100 residents does not a majority make. Statistically the number is insignificant.
ksenia stumpf January 29, 2014 at 03:26 PM
I hope the people of garden city get serious this kind of media is funny the garden city high school needs serious science research teams support for the students of gc there were many high schools on long island represented that received 1000 award for students siemans science award in 2014 not garden city just do it awards in Washington
ksenia stumpf January 29, 2014 at 03:27 PM
there are just some things that are real who were the winners and from where
ksenia stumpf January 29, 2014 at 03:33 PM
court Adelphi to use st pauls make foot bridge from Adelphi property to street over lirr to st pauls I don't understand why gc purposely tries to hurt itself its history or destroy things build not tear down compromise or adults can be rational work thing out