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Which do you prefer in downtown Armonk, a bike/walking path or a dog park?

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1. Citizen Armonk | March 20, 2013 at 06:44 AM EDT

A bike/walking path. Just like the majority of respondents to the recreation survey indicated.

2. Longtime Resident | March 21, 2013 at 02:25 PM EDT

A bike/walking path would be great to have. I must have missed the recreation survey.

3. JoAnn | March 22, 2013 at 08:16 AM EDT

A walking/bike path. NO need for a dog park. There are enough areas to walk dogs!!

4. Bridget Thorne | March 22, 2013 at 08:50 AM EDT

A bike path/walking path would be great.

5. Long Time Resident | March 22, 2013 at 09:03 AM EDT

There's a large tract of land on Cedar Hill Road that belongs to the town. Part of it could be used for a dog park. Otherwise no one but the adjoining homes benefit from this gift. A walking trail in downtown Armonk is great but there's very little to serve the residents of the Banksville/Eastern District.

6. Mina Nokes | March 22, 2013 at 09:30 AM EDT

Users will need to understand that their dogs need to have an excellent recall, that they need to be watching their dog ALL the time and that this is not a place for dog-agressive pets.

7. Mary | March 22, 2013 at 09:49 AM EDT

I'd prefer to see a bike/walking path. There is no reason dog owners couldn't use such a path, too, if they were responsible and cleaned up after their animals! I used to walk to work down route 128, and often felt unsafe doing so. It would be good to have a walking/bike path in town.

8. 60 Year Resident | March 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM EDT

A dog park would be great. The residents of Wampus Close need to realize that before their development even existed, the area was a commercial zone, and also contained a town park, 2 schools and a bus garage. That's they price they pay for living within walking distance of downtown.

9. ackerman | March 22, 2013 at 01:46 PM EDT

Walking/bike path

10. Armonk Resident | March 22, 2013 at 01:48 PM EDT

Our family would prefer a bike/walking path. I'm confused as to why the town board is spending the amount of time and money they are spending on this 'dog park'. The roads need fixing, branches and trees need pruning all over town, taxes reduced (wishful thinking- I know!), etc. There are many more priorities. Clean up the trees at Wampus Brook Park and spend the remaining money on ensuring our electricity does not go out with the next storm.

11. 30 Year Resident | March 22, 2013 at 02:29 PM EDT

A bike or walking path would be a great solution for this area. A dog park would not. In this area there are many mature pine trees that have taken more than a half century to grow. Sandy damaged and took down some, but there are still many more here. On a hot day the shade that these giants provide is wonderful. If you just quietly stand in one spot and listen you can hear the wind blowing through the boughs. You can also smell the aroma of pine. Why would we want to change this to an environment of dogs barking and producing waste? Why are some in this town attempting to put the needs of dogs above those of humans? Why is there no reviewable documentation on any aspect of this dog park? Why is this so important that it seems to be taking precedence over just about everything else in town? Lets go with the walking path, with benches to sit on and watch the world go by.

12. Harrison | March 22, 2013 at 02:36 PM EDT

I would want a walking/biking path in Armonk. Although, Wampus Brook Park is a great place to bike with kids (and on your own). Armonk should make a dog park but NOT in the location near Wampus Close. Two reasons: 1. Fire siren is located there (Dogs probably will be scared) 2. Wampus Close and Armonk residents do not like that location.

13. Nancy Fischer | March 22, 2013 at 02:52 PM EDT

A walking/bike path would be great.

14. Ilene | March 22, 2013 at 07:44 PM EDT

I would prefer a walking path. No cost and can be used by everyone in the community.

15. Heaven Help Us | March 23, 2013 at 09:27 AM EDT

Wow, looking at these comments Diane Roth seems to have almost no support for this idea. But never mind. The Arden-Roth-Cronin gang don't care about what the people think. A dog park across the street from private residences...a strip mall and a catering hall across from a church...who cares! Anything goes!

16. Citizen Armonk | March 23, 2013 at 09:36 AM EDT

Take a look at the dog park discussion at the last town board meeting. Notice how Arden, Roth and Cronin jump all over Schiliro and D'Angelo for not wanting to approve a dog park without having any plans or a budget to review. Of course, why would anyone ever object to approving something for which there is no budget, no plans and no funding. Do Arden, Roth and Cronin think we are that stupid? Something strange is going on here. I smell a rat. That rat is probably a friend of these three who somehow will make a buck out of it. Stay alert on this issue North Castle. Stay alert!

17. Armonk Resident | March 23, 2013 at 01:32 PM EDT

A bike/walking path is needed, not a dog park!

18. Old armonk isn | March 24, 2013 at 09:05 PM EDT

Definitely a bike path. There is no need for a dog park. There are plenty of places to walk your dog in town. The area that Ms. Roth wants to put a dog park is not smart. It is too close to a major intersection, one of the first things you would see while entering town, and many children walk to town after school. They would be walking past the dog park. What a distraction for them while crossing the street. Let's drop that stupid idea and move on to things that are really important to the well being of the citizens! That's why the town board is there, right?

19. Michelle Boyle | March 25, 2013 at 02:09 PM EDT

Dear Councilman DiDonato Roth,

Please consider Lombardi Park as a location for North Castle's Dog Park.

20. Diane Roth | March 26, 2013 at 02:17 PM EDT

I am sorry Armonk residents. I will talk about this more in the next town meeting.

21. Frank Madonna Jr | March 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM EDT

The Town should think about integrating a walking/bike path from Lombardi Park to Wampus Park. Connecting the parks would work for everyone and enhance the Town's parks and recreational space.

22. Citizen Armonk | March 26, 2013 at 04:02 PM EDT

If this discussion board was a Little League game, it would be called due to the mercy rule.

23. Fido | March 29, 2013 at 07:37 AM EDT

Now that there's a no parking zone in front of the proposed dog park, where will people park? Elide Plaza? St. Stephen's? Mariani's?

24. Fran | March 30, 2013 at 09:49 AM EDT

It boggles the mind that so many people want a walking/bike path or, as one resident said at a board meeting, a meditation garden and yet,at least one person on the board is still pushing for a dog park with two other to follow no doubt. What happened to listen to the people? This isn't rocket science. Just remember that we, the people, can and should vote to elect candidates who are more responsive to the desires of the majority of the people of North Castle in Nov. especially concerning something like this.

25. I_LOVE_ARMONK | April 03, 2013 at 07:21 PM EDT

The bike/walking path, of course!!!! It'll help keep the bicyclists, or bi-psycho-lists as I call them, off public roads!!! Bi-psycho-lists are dangerous & annoying pests that should not be allowed on the streets & avenues at all!!!!!

26. Maria S. | April 07, 2013 at 11:23 AM EDT

Dog parks are good. They build a sense of community and bring people together. As someone who frequents neighboring dog parks I can attest that they can be attractive gathering places for responsible dog owners and their pets. While it's true that not all dogs get along - neither do people. What better entrance to our beautiful town than seeing people outside together, getting along, sharing common interests. I see it as very welcoming.

Regarding a bike or walking path in same area - as many have already commented, it's a busy intersection and the fire siren could scare someone who may fall off their bike - way too dangerous!

27. sickofcroneyism | April 08, 2013 at 08:08 AM EDT

The last thing the \"Gateway to Armonk\" needs is a dog park at the location prescribed by Diane Roth. Every politician in town needs to mark his/her hydrant -- and this is not the way to do it. Find a better location -- those suggested OTHER THAN at Wampus make much more sense. Sometimes you need to admit defeat (elected officials, take note -- you've made many errors in the last few years but have been unwilling to back off) and step away from a bad decision. This is clearly one of those times.

28. Doggie Dan | April 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM EDT

Just heard a meeting was held the other day with Ms. Roth, Ms Goldberg, the animal control officer, etc. Looks like Roth and Co. intend to push this idiotic idea through regardless of what the people think. When the dog droppings create a stench can we call Ms. Roth and have her pick all of it up? And when a dog bites a middle school kid on a Friday afternoon as hundreds of them walk by, that will be another law suit against the Town. Just as when an expensive dog runs out into traffic and gets killed, another law suit. BTW, contrary to what she stated above, Ms. Roth did not discuss it in detail at the last Town Board meeting as she said she would. Thanks for the open process Ms. Roth.

29. Not surprised | April 13, 2013 at 04:04 PM EDT

I agree with Fareri's \"to do list\" for the town and any of the items on that list are more of a priority than a dog park. Has anything on that list been resolved? It is also a concern that the town board is ignoring the residents' near Wampus and moving ahead. Of course they should have a say whether a dog park should be there. These elected officials need to get their act together and have their priorities straight. The town has plenty of infrastructure issues and important business that should be addressed. It is a waste of tax payers' time and money that this pet project of an anonymous donor is even being considered. Take it off the table now town board and focus on the real issues.

30. Citizen Armonk | April 18, 2013 at 08:29 AM EDT

In a recent issue of The Examiner, North Castle Parks and Recreation Board chairman Joseph DiMauro stated that a the recreation survey sent out to North Castle a few years ago \"revealed that a majority of residents voted in favor of the dog park\". That is a lie! A dog park was one of the lowest rated potential ideas and was not even close to the top of the list.(I printed out the results when they were initially published.) Why is he misleading the public? Something is not right with this plan - even my dog is concerned. Most people don't want a dog park yet these three are pushing it like it is the most important thing the town has ever done. How much will this cost us? No one knows because there is no written plan or proposal. And, by the way, this is a local government. Anyone who donates funds to the town for a project must be part of the public record. Will a newspaper reporter somewhere ask Mr. DiMauro why he either has no knowledge of the survey results or why he is spreading false information to residents! He should be held accountable for deliberately spreading false information to North Castle Residents.

31. dog lover | April 21, 2013 at 03:15 PM EDT

Has anyone reviewed the minutes of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for the past 2 years to see if Joe DiMauro is accurate about the dog park being discussed for more than 2 years? Has anyone looked at the Parks and Recreation Survey results from fall of 2010 to see what the community thought about a dog park then? Has anyone asked if it is a conflict of interest for the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to be the owner of the pool where he Town sends its camps?

32. Camp Doggy Doo | April 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM EDT

Has anyone asked why PRB Chair Joe DiMauro is running his own FOR PROFIT summer camp at his FOR PROFIT pool in direct competition to the Town's summer camp? Does anyone realize the enormous conflict of interest? Joe DiMauro is a fiduciary for the Rec. Department AND the summer camp. Now he is competing against it. How much money will the town now lose on their summer camp with the kids DiMauro will pull away from it. These are tax dollars being sucked right out of your pocket and going directly into DiMauro's pocket. And remember that DiMauro is best buddies with Arden, Roth and Cronin. Elections have consequences. In this case it has resulted in the raiding of taxpayers dollars for the benefit of the PRB chair, Joe DiMauro. Where is our non-existent Ethics Board? Does anyone care anymore about selfless volunteering and open government? No wonder they have refused to hire a new Parks and Rec supervisor. A professional would never stand for this outrage. In fact, DiMauro is advertising his camp on the front page of All About Armonk. Perhaps the editor has her own conflict of interest and that is why this story has not been covered by AAA. It is all shameful, perverse and, in fact, unethical.

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