The Kakiat Dog Park is a designated off-leash area in the Kakiat Park near Montebello, New York. The entrance to the park and for the parking lot can be reached on Route 202 east. While Kakiat Park welcomes dogs on their leashes on the trails and other areas of the park, they are only permitted off-leash in the enclosed compound.
Kakiat Park is an area of natural beauty which covers almost four hundred acres of countryside. The off-leash dog park is just a small fenced-in portion of the overall acreage. In contrast to the surrounding landscape, which is green and lush, the off-leash area is comprised of dirt and wood chippings.
All dogs which use the facility are expected to socialize together no matter what their size. There is no way to segregate small dogs from large ones in this dog park. Owners taking their pet into the off-leash area are responsible for making sure it stays safe, must keep their dog in eye contact and intervene quickly if the play appears to be getting out of hand.
The main park of Kakiat has an abundance of woodland, but there are no trees within the perimeter fencing of the off-leash area. There is also no water supply at the dog park, so owners need to either take some with them or there is the other option of leashing their dog, exiting the off-leash area and letting their pup splash in the stream nearby.
If owners do decide to take their dogs for a walk along the trails of Kakiat Park, the park division advises that they do so with caution. Maintaining a dog on a reasonable length leash and not allowing them to go thrashing through the undergrowth will help keep them safe from snakebites. There have been various sightings of both copperheads and timber rattlesnakes in the park and avoiding contact with them is the best precaution.