New York State Senator Carl Marcellino joined with Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilwoman Michele Johnson and local residents in announcing a $100,000 grant for construction of a new, state-of-the-art dog park. Earlier this year, officials met with north shore residents to discuss the construction of a dog park at under-utilized space at Charles E. Ransom Beach in Bayville. Additionally, the Town will construct a new playground adjacent to the dog park.
Senator Marcellino stated, “After learning of the need for a dog park on our north shore, I secured the necessary State funding for the Town of Oyster Bay to construct a new venue for our pets to play freely and get some exercise. Dog parks provide a great community setting where residents can gather and socialize while observing the interaction of their pets.”
The Town of Oyster Bay currently operates a dog park on the south shore in Massapequa; however, north shore dog owners have shared their desire for a closer location to bring their pet. The construction of this new dog park on the north shore will promote responsible dog ownership by offering an alternative to illegally allowing dogs to roam local beaches and parks while reducing dog behavioral problems by providing a safe space to run and exercise. Locating this dog park at Charles Ransom Beach will also benefit the Bayville business district year-round with additional visitors and their pets. Like its south shore counterpart, the dog park at Ransom Beach will feature separate areas for large and small dogs, helping to provide a safe play area for all pets.
Supervisor Saladino stated, “Continuing improvements to our parks and recreational facilities have been a priority for my Town Board colleagues and I, and we graciously thank Senator Marcellino for securing our fair share of State funds to turn this dream of a north shore dog park into a reality. Our pets are members of our family, and we are thrilled to bring a new dog park to the north shore along with a new playground for local children.”
Charles E. Ransom Beach is managed by the Town of Oyster Bay and open to both residents and visitors. Swimming is not permitted at this beach and no water access exists due to a seawall and area protected by the United States Department of Fish & Wildlife. Visitors can enjoy the Long Island Sound Overlook, a playground and utilize restrooms and parking for the downtown business district.