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Yorktown Officials Delay Soft Opening of Dog Park

Yorktown dog lovers will have to wait a little longer for their off-leash dog park – Sylvan Glen Paw Park – after town officials had to delay the scheduled Jan. 5 soft opening. 

"There are few items that need to be taken care of prior to the opening such as final safety inspection and installation of proper signage," Yorktown Parks and Recreation  Brian Gray said. "We are almost there but need everything in place before unlocking the gates."

Yorktown Community Dog Park chairman David Rocco said the recent snow storms followed by the brutally cold temperatures prevented the staff from doing the things they needed to do before opening the park to the public. 

A soft opening will be held when everything is finalized, but no date has been given yet. The official grand opening will take place sometime in the late spring.

[Yorktown Parks and Recreation employees] have been very good partners to us during this process, so a few more weeks isn’t really asking too much from us," Rocco said. "As you know the story by now, we waited [more than] 10 years for this moment."

Over the last few months since Yorktown town board members approved a wetland application needed for the creation of the one-acre, fenced-in, off-leash dog park, volunteers have been working to prepare the area.

Volunteers have worked to install a fence as well as remove stumps, protruding grade level tree roots, discarded stumps, branches, scattered leaves and rocks. Students from Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES' Urban Forestry program also worked for two days in October at the Sylvan Glen Park Preserve to prepare the site for the future dog park.

The Sylvan Glen Park is located at the intersection of Morris Lane and Grant Avenue in Mohegan Lake. 

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