Newburgh is a dog city. It isn’t possible to take a walk or a drive without encountering families out with their dogs. Unfortunately, Newburgh is also a city that doesn’t have an animal shelter, which means that stray dogs are an extra burden on the community. The Newburgh Palatine Dog Society is looking for ways to strengthen the dog owning community in the City of Newburgh, and one piece that is missing is the presence of a dog park.
Research has shown, in cities across the country, that the presence of dog parks reduces crime, increases compliance with dog regulations and leash laws, and builds community among the pet-owning population. Once established, dog parks are often maintained by the people who use them. What a perfect fit for Newburgh–a city with ample vacant lots and the need for increased community-building opportunities.
This past spring we presented the city with an opportunity to apply for a grant that would fund the building of a dog park. The one requirement: verbal support from the city and a location to build on. Their response: silence.
We’re hoping to build a list of Newburgh residents who support the idea of a dog park (in fact, the city is large enough for more than one.) We’ll be presenting this support to the new council that will be elected this fall, and if the response is still silence, we will begin to work toward doing what is so often required in Newburgh: doing it on our own.
If you live in the Newburgh Community and support this project, please join us by signing below.