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Dogs in Bethlehem Town Parks: Community Survey Report

Dec 28, 2018

Dogs in Bethlehem Town Parks: Community Survey Report

In the winter of 2018, nearly 1,200 people weighed in by taking the Dogs in Bethlehem Town Parks: Community Survey. Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation sought the community’s opinion to help the group develop recommendations for updating Town park dog policies. Updated policies are a goal of Bethlehem’s 2015 Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan.

Currently, animals are not allowed in most Town parks. Exceptions include Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve, where leashed dogs are allowed, and the Town Dog Park, where on- and off-leash dogs are allowed by permit. Also, while dogs are not generally allowed in Henry Hudson Park, they are allowed on the public road that runs through the park, in accordance with Bethlehem Town Code.

The questions in the survey pertained to all Town parks except the Dog Park. We expect to explore issues around the Dog Park at a later time. Also, consideration was given to on-leash access only.

The Community Survey Report can be found by clicking here.  A second report – including policy and facility research, input from Town administrators, survey findings, and recommendations will be available shortly.