Colonie lets dogs have the run of the park

Fee set at $35 for new dog park registrations

— Colonie’s dog lovers officially have a new spot to let their furry friends out for some recreation.

The first of two town dog parks was opened on Friday, Oct. 11, near the Mohawk River Park at 71 Schermerhorn Road. The night before, at a meeting of the Town Board, a new fee schedule for the Town Clerk’s Office was approved for dog licensing.

The registration fee will be $35 for the first dog and $15 for any additional dogs the owner wishes to register. If the owner loses the tag, it will be a $5 fee to replace the dog tag. The tags will be a different color every year in order to keep track of who has current permits, much like the inspection sticker on cars.

There are plans to open another park in the spring near the Town Of Colonie Golf Course. The parks will be developed with donated materials and built by town employees. Clough Harbour & Associates donated engineering work for the parks and Waste Connections provided fencing at the Mohawk River Park location. The fencing donation for the second park has not yet been finalized.

Each dog park is to have two fenced-in areas for the dogs to roam and socialize with other dogs. One fenced-in area will be for bigger dogs and the other for smaller dogs. There will also be sheltered areas for the owners to keep out of the elements. Dogs will have to be accompanied by someone 16 or older.

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sweetsmile 2 years, 3 months ago

I checked out the new dog park and have a few concerns. As a long time dog owner who has visited many dog parks over the years I was disappointed in the height of the fencing for larger dogs. I have a 53 lb dog who can clear that fence in a heartbeat. Also there is only a one door entrance. What do dogs do when a new dog comes to visit? They run to the door. Most dog parks have a double door type of entrance to allow owners to remove the leash and to ensure no dogs get out.

Oh and some owners are already not picking up their dogs waste. This has been common in that park for quite some time which is why I stopped using it. People walk in that park with their dogs off leash as well. I have always leashed my dog despite the fact that he is dog friendly. You never know!

Lastly how will the town enforce use by Colonie residents only? Will an employee be stationed there to check tags? Without the checks and balances in place most folks will not pay the fee.


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