Is your pooch looking to expand their social circle? Then bring them to the Bay Park Dog Run to meet new doggie friends! Prior to the year 2000, Nassau County pups had limited options to stretch their legs and mingle with other canines as they are not permitted in county parks or preserves. Furtunately, things have changed since then, and a number of parks now offer canine hangouts for furry residents and visitors. For East Rockaway doggos, the Bay Park Dog Run is the place to be!
You and Fido will find this fenced doggie playground on the east side of the 96-acre Bay Park, near the ball fields. The facility is divided into two areas for large and small pooches, allowing petite woofers to play freely without having to worry about getting stepped on by bigger park goers. The surface is mostly artificial turf, with a few sandy spots. Benches are provided for the dog parents, but don't get too lax and always keep an eye on Fido. Guide your charge to the water station regularly to prevent overheating; there isn't much shade in the park, so it's impawtant to stay hydrated. Visitors say there's usually a cool breeze, though, as the park sits next to the Mill River. In the summer, the regulars set up a kiddie pool for the dogs to cool off in.
Be sure to clean up after your pup when they answer nature's call—bags and trash receptacles are available on-site for your convenience. There are also lots of toys to play with, which should come in handy if your pooch is not in a very sociable mood.
Keep in mind that your doggo must be leashed on the way to the dog run and cannot be walked through the main park. So head straight to the Bay Park Dog Run, where a pawtastic time awaits!