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Yorktown Dog Park Advocates Push for Decision

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The leading advocates to create a community dog park in Yorktown are pushing town officials to make a decision.

Jonathan Nettlefield, vice chairman of the Yorktown Community Dog Park Committee, confronted the Town Board this week about the town's efforts in securing a parcel near the entrance to Donald J. Trump State Park off Old Baldwin Road.

Supervisor Michael Grace told Nettlefield "we'll work on it." A lease agreement between the town and New York state supposedly has been in the works for some time.

Meanwhile, David Rocco, president of the dog park committee, showed Grace plans that have been drawn up for the two-acre site during Yorktown Community Day. The committee has mapped out a one-acre park for large dogs and a three-quarter acre park for smaller dogs.

Those same plans were laid out by Rocco before the town's Parks and Recreation Commission earlier this month, who said he was "misled" into thinking the committee would receive some direction.

"It's frustrating. It really is," said Rocco. "I thought that meeting would be the next step. It's not on the front burner for them."

Plans for a dog park first surfaced in 2002 when a smaller group petitioned the state to put a dog run at FDR State Park. After that request was denied, in 2007 the effort was renewed and more than 360 residents are now behind the creation of an off-leash dog park.

Rocco remains optimistic that former Town Supervisor Linda Cooper, who now serves as regional director of the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation, will be able to help break through the red tape and finalize the use of the parkland.

"New York state wants nothing to do with this parcel," Rocco said. "Yorktown residents have been pushing for 10 years to get this done. Meanwhile, every other community has put up a dog park. We waited long enough. Make a decision one way or the other."

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