LAKEWOOD - The Lakewood Kiwanis is asking people to be pet friendly supporters by donating to Lakewood's new dog park.
The club is supporting the new dog park by helping to raise donations. According to the village of Lakewood's website - lakewoodny.com - people can join the Lakewood Kiwanis to support the new dog park. Donations can be payable to Village of Lakewood Dog Park and mailed to 20 W. Summit St., Lakewood NY 14750.
The dog park has been discussed by village officials for the past few months. Andrea Windoft, Lakewood treasurer, came up with the idea of a dog park across the highway from the boat launch at the village's Community Park. Windoft, in April, said she has been researching the idea for about two years. Windoft is the owner of three Jack Russell terriers and believes a dog park would be a nice addition to Lakewood and Community Park.
A view of where the Lakewood dog park would be across from the boat launch at Community Park.
''When I'm on vacations, I've seen them in other communities, so I thought one would be nice here,'' she said. ''I asked for the mayor's (David Wordelmann's) blessing to research it. I think for the overall health of the village, it would be nice to have one.''
Windoft said the most expensive item in creating a dog park would be for the fence to block off an area for the dogs to run freely. She has applied for a grant from several businesses without much luck. At the Lakewood Village Board meeting May 13, Windoft asked Gale Denn, Lakewood trustee, for help from the Lakewood Kiwanis Club. Denn is a member of the club, and said the club would be willing to help in any way it can. During the May 13 meeting, the board also passed a resolution supporting the dog park idea.
Windoft said the idea is to have an area for larger dogs and then another area in the middle of the park that is fenced off for smaller breeds.
''We could have benches, picnic tables and dog toys or activities,'' she said in April about the dog park.
Windoft said dog owners would need to register their pets for the park to ensure the animals have all of the necessary shots and licenses needed before playing in the park. She said once a pet owner signs a registration to use the park, the village would not be liable for any incidents, as well. She also said the park wouldn't be just for town of Busti or village of Lakewood residents. All dog owners in the county could use the park once they register their pet with village officials.