Town of North Hempstead officials passed an ordinance to allow dogs in Roslyn’s Gerry Pond Park at the most recent Town Board meeting last week.
The ordinance amends Parks Ordinance No. 1 from 2016, adding Gerry Pond Park to other sites where dogs are permitted with regulation, including North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington, Mary Jane Davies Green in Manhasset and Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park.
Since Gerry Pond Park was not one of the listed parks in the original ordinance, residents were not allowed to walk their dogs in the area. As one of the several Town of North Hempstead parks not cited in the first ordinance, the park was held to a rule in the ordinance that “dogs are not allowed in parks other than those designated by the Commissioner [of the Department of Parks and Recreation].”
Under the 2016 ordinance, residents who now enter Gerry Pond Park are limited to three dogs per handler, are required to pick up their dogs’ waste, and must leash their dogs at all times, among other rules.
The addition was well received by Town Supervisor Judy Bosworth.
“I look forward to welcoming our four-legged residents to Gerry Pond Park,” Bosworth said at the Aug. 6 meeting.