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Dog Owners In Ossining Cheer Reopening Of Dog Park

The dog park in Ossining reopened this past weekend.
The dog park in Ossining reopened this past weekend. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ossining Dog Park Facebook Group

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Dog owners in Ossining breathed a sigh of relief over the weekend.

Ossining's dog park, in Cedar Lane Park, re-opened over the weekend, having been closed for more than a week. The dog park closed following the dissolution of the board after an issue with a particular dog.

"We had to close the park while we reorganized," Town Supervisor Sue Donnelly said.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Henry Atterbury met with interested people on Thursday, Oct. 30, about re-opening and a new set of rules and resolutions were put together

"We have to make sure everyone's safety is taken into consideration," Donnelly said.

An election of board members for the dog park will take place in about six months. To use the dog park, all patrons must have a current dog-park pass issued by the Recreation Department, according to Jeff Miller, an interim board member.

Elsa Rubenstein, a Briarcliff Manor resident, said she was upset when she heard the dog park closed.

"It was a nice quality-of-life thing to have in Ossining," Rubenstein said. "I want my dog to be with other dogs, running around free. It was very nice."

In the winter, a fire would be going and Rubenstein enjoyed sitting by the fire with other dog owners while their dogs played in the snow.

"It's really nice place," Rubenstein said. "A lot of people use it. I never had an incident there."

The dog park was closed before a planned Halloween party where dogs were going to be dressed in costume.

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