PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WENY) -- Village Trustee Brian Francis is a dog owner. As a resident of Painted Post, he's not alone.
According to a Trustee survey, there are about 1,000 Painted Post residents who own at least one dog. Of them, 90% say they would approve of a dog park in the area.
That's why several community members have been working to get approval to transform underutilized parts of Craig Park into a space for dogs.
"It does two things," says Francis. "It brings people together, neighbors together and a chance for dogs to socialize."
In total, the park would be about 1.5 acres. Plans have been finalized and project has received approval from the town.
The goal is to revitalize Craig Park as not only a hub for local dogs, but also the surrounding community.
"The tennis courts have not been used for years and years and years," says Francis. "They're pretty much gone. From the tennis courts all the way to the edge of the pool [we would have] about 200 feet by 200 feet. That's plenty of space for difference size dogs."
The project is calling for an estimated $12,000, which would allow for the tennis courts to be removed and the proper fencing to be installed. Because the project will not use any tax-payer money, it's up to the community to help make it a reality.
Francis says the Village would eventually also like to resurface the basketball courts, install new LED lighting and install permanent games such as horseshoes.
If you'd like to read the full project proposal or would like to donate to the cause, you can do so here.