As four-footed friends frolic in Southold Town’s dog park in Peconic, their two-legged companions often feel the heat, sweating it out in the hot sunshine while their pets exercise.
All that’s about to change: At yesterday’s town board meeting, Jeff Standish, director of public works, said a private donor had stepped up to the plate to provide a shade shelter for the facility, located on Peconic Lane, “at no cost to the town.”
The construction is slated to cost approximately $18,000, and the final drawings are in the process of being completed, he said.
When the plans are drawn up, they will be sent to the building department, so that the construction commences according to town code.
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell asked about progress on a previously discussed shade shelter at the town’s animal shelter, run by the North Fork Animal Welfare League.
The shade shelter was created, and completed, as part of a pilot program, Standish said.
The new structure at the dog park will allow residents to “sit out of the sun, on a bench, and possibly have lunch while they let the dogs run around,” Standish said.
The dog park is a popular destination in down for pet owners, but the heat has led some to choose to visit in the early morning hours and in early evening, avoiding the hot sun of midday — not just due to human discomfort, but for the safety of their pets.