Proponents of a dog park in Southampton Village got their wish last week—just not in the original proposed spot.
The Southampton Village Board on Tuesday, November 26, established a committee and authorized it to design a dog park to be installed at Lola Prentice Park on Windmill Lane, beside the village’s Justice Center.
Village trustees unanimously approved the park at the board meeting last week after denying a similar request to create a special area for dogs next to Lake Agawam, because of environmental concerns.
Although a timetable for the park installation has not been set, it will cost an estimated $18,000 to put up the necessary fencing to allow dogs to run free in the park. However, the village intends to fundraise and accept donations to mitigate costs.
The dog park is expected to take up a portion of the park, which is located to the northeast of the Village Police headquarters and Justice Court. A team is being assembled to design the park.
“We think there is ample space here for dogs to run and exercise in a safe environment,” village resident Zoe Kamitses, who first proposed the park, said during the meeting. Ms. Kamitses collected more 600 signatures in favor of creating a dog park in the village, which will be one of three such parks on the East End. The other two parks are in Westhampton and Springs.
Sara Davison, the executive director of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, said she is very happy with the village’s decision to create the park, adding that it will be an asset to everyone. “They truly are an amenity, and I want to applaud [the board] for listening to Zoe,” she said, calling the board’s vote “a very happy decision.”
Village Mayor Mark Epley agreed, saying he is excited to see how the park develops.
“The number of dog parks across the country are growing, and the Village Board is excited to bring this service to our community,” he said via email this week. “We are fortunate to have a committee of dedicated dog lovers leading this venture.”