Village of Mineola, please add a dog enclosure to Emory Road Park!
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Dear Mayor Scott Strauss, Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira, and Trustees Paul Cusato, George Durham and Dennis Walsh,
As citizens of the Village of Mineola we are thrilled that the park on Emory Road was built. We love that we no longer have to walk across Jericho or Herricks Road to take our children to the park. One of the things we have noticed is that people love to take their dogs to the Emory Road Park and that people often use the playground as an enclosure to let their dogs run free in. While people are very respectful when doing this, especially by not doing so when children are playing, we feel it would be beneficial to have an enclosure for our dogs built. This way our dogs can enjoy the park along with our children.
Where should we build it you may ask? There is more than enough room for a small enclosure to be built either along the back of the basketball court near the back entrance to the park, along the side of the basketball court parallel to the fence alongside of the water storage tank, or along Emory Road right in front of the water storage tank. It doesn't have to be a large enclosure as the enclosure that our children play in is not large. While we supppet building dog enclosures at all of our parks, beginning with Emory Road as a test site would suffice.
Not only would building a dog enclosure benefit our K9 citizens, it would benefit our community since people could meet each other and grow friendships. It would also benefit the village since the village could charge citizens a fee to get a tag for their dog in order to be able to use the enclosure. This way the village can not only ensure that the dogs who go to the park are vaccinated and healthy, they could also use this to generate revenue for future projects within the village.
The main concern that you may have is safety, however we believe that the dog owners in our village are responsible neighbors who would respect the rules of the park and would only bring dogs who get along with other dogs and with people. As parents of both dogs and children we feel that the safety of our children and our dogs should be our first priority and that we can find a balance between them. We trust that you will consider our petition, survey the site to see if a dog enclosure can be built, or perhaps provide an alternate location for one to be built. We feel that both thr human and K9 citizens of our village would benefit from having a dog enclosure built as we love our dogs and they are citizens here too!
Thanks again for considering our request.
The undersigned residents of Mineola and our K9 citizens
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