ARMONK, N.Y. – North Castle canines and their owners should have all questions regarding the town’s upcoming dog park answered on April 17 at 4 p.m. when the North Castle Town Board holds a public dog park discussion work session.
In fact, North Castle Town Supervisor Howard Arden said there would even be a dog park development expert on hand to advise how the town should move forward with the project.
“The woman we have coming in is a specialist on the matter and has helped plan several town dog parks,” he said. “So it’s pretty exciting she volunteered to come talk to us.”
While the location of the dog park—Wampus Brook Park—has been determined, several other questions surrounding the property have not been.
Back in early February, Town Board member Diane DiDonato-Roth, who is spearheading the project, mentioned sometime in April as an ideal opening date for the dog park.
However, even then, Arden suspected such a target date was unrealistic.
“Right now, it’s hard to envision a dog park being there,” he said in February. “Until the property is cleared, we don’t know what we have to do in there to get it ready. April sounds ambitious to me.”
In retrospect, “ambitious,” would be quite be quite the understatement. Thanks to a winter that has spilled into spring, the tree debris-covered Wampus Brook Park has been constantly coated in snow, making it that much more difficult to clear.
It wasn't until this week that a construction vehicle finally entered the property—a sign that the park’s present condition and foreseeable forecast may allow for the site to be cleared.
“In the next couple of weeks, things should really start to pick up,” said Arden. “Once we see what it looks like after they clean it up, it will be much easier to plan how to move forward.”
On Feb. 22, Armonk resident Becky Kittredge wrote to the North Castle Town Board, Kittredge suggested that even though the town has voted on a Wampus Brook Park site for a town dog park, a much larger 21-acre parcel owned jointly by North Castle and the Village of Mount Kisco should be considered as well.
However, after looking into the site as an alternative option for a town dog park, Arden quickly came to the conclusion that the site is dead end for a dog park proposal for several reasons.