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It’s the leash they could do! Marine Parkers want a dog run

Playing around: Marine Parker Felipe Acevedo and his dog Diablo like having access to the whole park to walk around and play in instead of a tiny fenced-in dog run.
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Canine owners are begging the city for a fenced-in dog run in Marine Park to give their four-legged friends a safer place to run around and socialize. The idea has many Marine Parkers wagging their tails, because it would prevent their dogs from running out into the middle of the street after a ball, according to one of 550 pooch owners who signed a petition asking for the dog park.

“I just love the idea of a fenced-in dog park so people don’t have to worry about their dogs running out of the park, it also gives them the ability to exercise and help the people who don’t have dogs feel better about being in the park with all the dogs around,” said Dari Litchman, who brings her mixed-breed mutt to the green space every day.

Four-legged friends are allowed to run free in the borough’s largest park before 9 am and after 9 pm — everywhere except the playgrounds, ball fields, and natural areas — but they must remain on leashes in daytime hours, according to a Parks Department spokeswoman.

Owners hardly obey, however, and they often don’t pick up the unpleasant gifts that their dogs leave behind — but a dog run could fix both issues, according to Carmine Zanca, who started the petition.

“A lot of people they want a dog run, but a lot also complain that people don’t pick up after their dogs. People let their dogs run and they go crap and don’t pick it up,” he said. “We have about 600 signatures on the petition, and a lot of people are looking forward to it.”

The city is giving Marine Park a $5-million face-lift — including new bocce ball and tennis courts — but a dog park is not on the to-do list, said a Parks Department spokeswoman.

“Parks welcomes all community input, and we encourage all local residents to share their Parks-related interests with their local community board. A dog run is not part of the renovations currently in progress at Marine Park, and we have not received any requests from the community to add one,” she said.

The idea is not popular with everyone, but if the community can get behind it, the local councilman said he would throw them a bone.

“There are as many people who don’t want it, who do want it,” said Councilman Alan Maisel (D-Marine Park). “I don’t have a dog in that fight. Whatever the community wants — if we can develop a consensus — it’s fine with me.”

The petition addresses state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Marine Park), who plans to meet with local civic groups over the next few weeks to discuss the idea, said spokesman John Quaglione.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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T B from Bergen beach says:
The man pictured in your story is GUILTY of allowing his HUGE canine to roam leash-free in Marine Park.
I was scared for myself and my toddlers as this dog lover, and his friend who also owns a huge pooch, have little respect for others.
Give them the dog park and give us a break from having to tolerate their dogs.
Oct. 27, 2016, 4:09 pm
Kain says:
How about a dog park with cameras to hold those owners responsible for not picking up after their futry companions. First offence a warning. Second offence a citation. Third offens expulsion with a fine. It's each individuals responsibility to curb their pets and it's the communities responsibility to say something so all can enjoy with peace of mind. Just an idea.
Oh, an dog owners witj aggressive dogs should have them on leashes btw.
Oct. 27, 2016, 6:16 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Kain, there already is a 200.00 city fine for not picking up after your dog. See how great that works :-(
Oct. 27, 2016, 8:21 pm
Josie from Marine Park says:
Yes please, let's get something fenced in for all the dogs, I don't walk my dog in the park anymore because all the dogs off the leashes, my dog was attacked by 3 dogs and the owner thought it was funny, they let there dogs run free and never pick up, it's quite disgusting, and where the kids play football it's not nice that the kids have to step in it, we don't live on a farm! Clean up after please
Oct. 28, 2016, 8:37 am
Manuel from Marine Park says:
I think if the police do not enforce the law then it is up to the citizens to roam the park and enforce the law
Oct. 28, 2016, 12:26 pm
Moishe from Madison says:
Manuel, You are right!!

Many times my children have felt threatened by the large dogs running in the park during the day and some have acted in a way to make us fear for our safety.
Your suggestion of taking matters into our own hands has merit, perhaps when a few dogs are killed out of fear for our safety then the leashes will be used by their owners.
Oct. 28, 2016, 12:30 pm
Oscar grouch says:
The only time anyone should take matters in their own hands is if there's an immediate threat. To suggest doing something to a persons dog without provocation would be like saying if you did such a thing then the dog owner can take matters into their own hands and maybe someone would find you face down in pool of your own blood...
Oct. 28, 2016, 6:12 pm
Angela says:
Felipe and diablo are my neighbors. (Felipe I know for 20 years an amazing man and always very responsible with his pets ) I am Sick and tired of people keep judging things that they can't comprehend ! Spend time with both of them in order to voice your opinion ., if not please keep your opinions to yourself!!
Oct. 29, 2016, 5:01 pm
Dave from Marine Park says:
Angela, the man you say is responsible, is the same man that leaves his dog in his truck while he's having a few in the bar.
Oct. 31, 2016, 3:16 pm

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