Too Much Mud Closes Part Of Oneonta Dog Park: New Temporary Rules
UPDATE on June 6, 2022
The Oneonta Parks & Recreation Dept. has announced that the small dog area of the Oneonta dog park is now open again for small dogs only after dealing with the mud issue and establishing more grass.
original story from May 5, 2022
Ever since the new Oneonta dog park opened in Neahwa Park last fall, dog owners and their furry friends have been enjoying the opportunity for fun and socialization. There have been a few hiccups along the way with too much water and the grass getting worn out in certain areas, but that's all to be expected since this is a relatively new venture for the City of Oneonta. Most things are a work in progress, right?
According to a release from the city, the latest in "turf management" for the dog park is that Oneonta Parks and Rec has closed off the "small" dog section of the dog park. Unfortunately, that area has gotten very muddy and needs to be reseeded with grass. City officials hope that it can be reopened at the beginning of June but that remains to be seen depending on the readiness of the field. Updates on the status of the dog park will be available on the City of Oneonta Parks and Recreation Facebook page. If you ever have questions about the Neahwa Dog Park, you can call the Recreation Department office at 607-432-0680.
Meanwhile, so dogs can continue to play, the large dog pen is now open to ALL-sized dogs. It's up to owners to know their dog's behavior to determine if their canine friend can behave around all different-sized dogs. I know my beloved pooch Tovi can't. She gets very "uppity" and aggressive around bigger dogs so I'll have to wait for the small dog pen to reopen before bringing her back there. Maybe your dog can be unpredictable too? Many dogs are like that.
You can always test your dog out BEFORE bringing it into the dog park by first doing a walk around the perimeter of the penned-in area with your dog so it can sniff dogs inside from a safe place and you can witness if your dog and other dogs seem to get along. See the tips below. They are very helpful!