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Posted: September 27, 2014
Grand Opening Celebration
For Paws of Ulster
County Dog Park
Saturday, September 27
10 am until 2 pm
(rain date: Sunday, September 28)
You and your well-behaved dog are invited to enjoy agility demonstrations, fun contests, and local vendors.
Where?The Field of Dreams, across from the Ulster County Fairgrounds, at the rear of the property. Libertyville Road, in New Paltz, NY. There will be signs.
For Paws of Ulster, Inc. is a not-for-profit formed to develop and support an Ulster County Dog Park. We came together 5 years ago, and now we have contracts with the County and the Town of New Paltz for this nearly 2 acre park! The continued success of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park depends on all of you, so please help out any way you can!
If you cannot join us for the Grand Opening Celebration, visit our Website (www.ForPawsPark.com) or Facebook Page
(ForPawsOfUlster) to learn about sponsorship opportunities and our events (like our 5K October 12).
Posted: September 23, 2014
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Officially Opens The Ulster County Dog Park
Located Across From The Ulster County Fairgrounds At The Field Of Dreams In New Paltz
New Paltz, NY — Ulster County Executive Mike Hein officially opened the Ulster County Dog Park toady with the help of Ulster County Legislator Hector Rodriguez, Legislator Ken Wishnick, Town of New Paltz Supervisor Susan Zimet, Brian Shapiro, New York State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, Christine DeBoer, President of For Paws of Ulster, Inc., and a number of community members many of whom were accompanied by their canine companions.
“I am pleased to announce that the Ulster County Dog Park is open for residents to enjoy with their dogs,” said County Executive Mike Hein. “It’s a beautiful fenced-in park with a section for small dogs and a section for large dogs. Ulster County residents now have a wonderful new amenity for their dogs; a safe, controlled setting that’s great for pets and their owners alike. It was a great effort between the County, Town of New Paltz, For Paws of Ulster, Inc. and the community. Working together great things are possible and I want to thank all those involved in this wonderful project for making it a reality. I urge all residents, together with their dogs, to visit the new Ulster County Dog Park.”
“This project is a testament to the hard work and tireless advocacy of so many here in Ulster County,” said Ulster County Legislator Hector Rodriguez. “Their efforts have made this safe space for our four legged friends to enjoy nature and share a space with their human companions. The leadership of County Executive Hein and Supervisor Zimet have made our a community a better place.”
“Projects like this help to form the fabric of community life and once again shows that community activism can get results,” said Ken Wishnick, Ulster County Legislator. “Thank you to the County Executive and to all who have helped to make this a reality.”
“After working on the Dog Park for five years, first as an Ulster County Legislator, and now as the New Paltz Town Supervisor, it is exciting to finally see the dog park become a reality,” said Susan Zimet, Supervisor of the Town of New Paltz. “The volunteers behind For Paws of Ulster County never lost their passion for creating this dog park. Between their hard work, the contributions of the Town of New Paltz and now, with the help of County Executive Michael Hein, the dog park is done! This is a great addition to the Field of Dreams Sports Park that was another great venture between the Town of New Paltz and the County of Ulster.”
“The Dog Park is a resource that benefits both canines and their owners and we are so glad that we could help make this happen in our community,” said Christie DeBoer, President of For Paws of Ulster, Inc. “For Paws of Ulster, Inc., working with County Executive Hein and Town of New Paltz Supervisor Susan Zimet, together helped make this park possible and we look forward to furthering its use and enjoyment.”
For Paws of Ulster, Inc. is a non-profit organization that began raising money for the dog park in New Paltz back in 2010. The County helped complete the project by providing funding for the fencing and signs for the park while For Paws of Ulster, Inc. arranged for benches and dog waste stations. The Town of New Paltz will lease the land from Ulster County and is working with For Paws of Ulster to provide on-going maintenance services.
For Paws of Ulster, Inc. is holding a grand opening on September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. (rain date: September 28, 2014) where there will be agility demonstrations, fun contests and local vendors.
The Ulster County Dog Park is located at the Field of Dreams, across from the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz, and will now be open daily from dawn until dusk.
Summer 2014 - Yes, it's been a while since we've posted any news. We spent most of the winter months formulating various game plans to raise the remainder of the monies we'd need to install the fence at the dog (since everything else was good to go!) Our ideas ranged from a donor sponsorship board, to powerpoint presentations at local and not-so-local business. We even wrangled some new board members, and prepared for Danielle to step down as President to make room for the new tiny human on the way. We reached out to the County in June. We were willing to do whatever it would take to finish this project, but didn't see being able to double our five year fundraising efforts in just one summer and wondered if they could lend a hand in any way. We had a site visit and a few follow-up meetings that resulted in nothing short of a miracle. The news was announced at a press conference on Tuesday, July 8th - and the official press release came out Tuesday night.
THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM ULSTER COUNTY!
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Calls For County-Wide Legislation To Prevent Animal Abuse
The County Executive Also Announced The County Will Help Make The Ulster County Dog Park A Reality By The End Of Summer
New Paltz, NY — At the site of the future home of the Ulster County Dog Park located on the property that includes the Ulster County fairgrounds in New Paltz, County Executive Mike Hein unveiled a new law that will help curtail animal abuse and neglect in Ulster County. The anti-tethering law places limits on the length of time a domestic animal may be tied outside and the manner in which they are tied. The County Executive also used the opportunity to announce that the County, in addition to leasing property to the Town of New Paltz to host a dog park, will also have a fence built to jumpstart the project and make the dog park a reality by the end of summer.“Animal abuse and neglect is unconscionable and must be addressed at the community level,” said County Executive Hein. “This law is a tremendous step forward for animal rights and signals that Ulster County is a true ‘pet safe’ county. This law is not about inhibiting responsible pet owners; it is about providing law enforcement the necessary tools to address animal abuse and neglect. Simply put, the goal of this legislation is to promote responsible pet ownership, and I want to thank Legislators Ken Wishnick and Hector Rodriguez for agreeing to sponsor this law in the County Legislature.”“Dog Parks are a great place for people to socialize while enjoying watching their dogs play, said Ken Wishnick, Ulster County Legislator. “By providing funding for fencing, County Executive Hein has today put the last jigsaw puzzle piece in place to make the Ulster County Dog Park a reality; and a big thank you to Marion DuBois and all others who have worked tirelessly to make this happen!”"Almost 4 years ago, then Legislator Susan Zimet and I fought hard to designate a County Dog Park in New Paltz. Today that dream comes closer to fruition. County Executive Hein knows the value in community projects and his leadership on this issue is deeply appreciated," said Ulster County Legislator Hector Rodriguez. “I am also pleased to introduce a local law that addresses the practice of tethering dogs and protects them from neglect and abuse. Companion animals are cared for by residents throughout Ulster County and I am pleased to be partnering with County Executive Hein on this important effort.”“The Ulster County Dog Park is a wonderful partnership between the Town, the County and the community,” said Susan Zimet, Supervisor of the Town of New Paltz. “The volunteers behind For Paws of Ulster County never lost their passion for creating this dog park. Between their hard work, the contributions of the Town of New Paltz and now, with the help of County Executive Hein, the dog park will finally be a reality. We will have many happy dogs romping around before summers end. The dog park is a great amenity not only for New Paltz, but for all of Ulster County.”“Tethering not only damages the well-being of the confined dog, but puts everyone in the community at greater risk for dog aggression and bites,” said Brian Shapiro New York State Director of the Humane Society of the United States. “Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with people and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot, isolated from positive social experiences with people, can suffer immense psychological damage and this is not what Ulster County wants for its citizens. We applaud County Executive Hein’s leadership to make Ulster County a safer community by introducing this important piece of legislation.”"The entire Board of Director of For Paws, Inc. has been working toward the goal of a county-wide dog park for more than four years," said Christine DeBoer, Member of the Board of Directors of For Paws, Inc. "We are proud to be a community partner with the Town of New Paltz and County Executive Hein who made this vision a reality. Not only are we excited that there will now be a safe environment for dogs to interact with each other, but they will enjoy having a place of their own in the community."The County Executive also took the opportunity to remind everyone about the dangers of leaving pets in unattended vehicles during the summer. Even on a comfortable 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can easily exceed 131 degrees Fahrenheit.- Pictured with County Executive Mike Hein - Legislator Hector Rodriguez, Legislator Ken Wishnick, Town of New Paltz Supervisor Susan Zimet, Brian Shapiro New York State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, and Christine DeBoer of For Paws of Ulster, Inc.
We are THRILLED to share this news with you and can't wait to meet all of you this summer at the Ulster County Dog Park!!
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