See Spot Run Dog Park (at Overlook Park)

127 Overlook Rd off 55
Poughkeepsie, NY
Operating Hours:
Dawn - Dusk
Managed By:
Town of LaGrange
Days Closed:
N/A
Fees:
$25 annually LaGrange residents and $50 for Beekman, Pleasant Valley, Unionvale, Pouquag and Town of Poughkeepsie
Restrooms:
None
Park Size:
1 acre
Type of Park:
Fenced
Other Notes:

Opened summer 2009. The dog park is on an island in the middle of a pond; there is a picture of the location above that can be clicked to enlarge to get a sense of the exact location of the dog park. There is no separate small dog area and no Pitbulls allowed at the park (there are many dog parks with Pitbull bans) and no children under the age of 6.  Those interested in joining a committee to raise funds for the park can e-mail Wendy at seespotrunpark@aol.com

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love dogs22's picture
The Rules and laws for the

The Rules and laws for the dog park were made for a reason, it does clearly state that pit bulls and pit bull mixs are not allowed, unfortunately they do get a bad wrap but as an owner taking a pit bull into your care is part of what is involved and should be a consideration when adopting. Lagrange dog park is a great place to take your dog. Unfortunately there are issues that are very concerning: THERE ARE PEOPLE BRINGING THEIR DOGS WITHOUT ENTRY TAGS... THERE ARE OWNERS THAT DO NOT SUPERVISE THEIR DOGS! AND DO NOT REMOVE THEIR DOG FROM THE PARK WHEN THE DOG BECOMES AGGRESSIVE! IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ENTRY TAG YOU SHOULD NOT BE THERE! IF YOUR DOG DOES HAVE A TAG AND BECOMES AGGRESSIVE..BE RESPONSIBLE AND REMOVE YOUR DOG FROM THE PARK! Our dogs can be safe and enjoy the park if owners would just be responsible!

debs blaze's picture
Hello Again
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Hello guys I'm back. I have looked into the park and met with the parks dept. They have no idea what BSL is so for them to tell you what breeds are not allowed in the park is nonsense. If they want to look at a few pictures of my dog without ever meeting him or me and decide whether or not we are welcome... forget it. My dog was bit by some lab mix that will not be named because we will all know who it is!!!! The rules are not concentrating on whats really important, temperment and owner. You could have the nastiest lab in the land and you can get a permit. That's crazy. Do you and your dog a favor... stay away from this park.

kdes143's picture
spelling

Sorry about the grammar ect. I am angry and I start typing crazy lol. But I meant... I can't even bring her on the leash nor off the leash!!! Its just sad this world has turned for the worst.

kdes143's picture
NOT HAPPY

I have an amazing loving cheerful pup named mini...I was looking for dog parks close to me because I live in Pleasant Valley. Of course I find on I was reading the laws they have created...and then I see a sign that says no pit bulls and they are not allowed to have any pit bull in them to be off the leash. I have an pocket pit bull. I think it is sad because they say not because or a stereo type but then say because of aggression. My dog has never been aggressive so I can not bring her I am confused? The laws they have said pit bulls can be there but on the leash, okay and then I read no pits allowed.SO WHICH IS IT? I am highly confused and very discouraged that I can bring her to interact with any other dogs. Pit bulls are very misunderstood!!! It can be in genetics and or the owner that make dogs aggressive or health problems, that does not mean they are all like that. I am very bothered. I am going to go to the town about this. And how can people be denied? The laws are stated and how can they change the rules when there own laws contradict them. I am trying to figure out what to do at this point. I want my dog to be friendly with other dogs and be around them so this way other dogs are not foreign to her and she can interact and not become to protective and aggressive. Dogs can become aggressive from being excluded not able to be around other dogs at the park and that is not right! Any advice?

debs blaze's picture
open

Open but muddy....little grass

debs blaze's picture
Don't Waste Your Time

Park is $50.00 annually for a "permit", unless you live in Lagrange, then $25.00. Two dogs per person at on time. Very small with no separation for small and large breeds like Thomas Bull in Walden. If you want a permit you have to submit 3 headshots of your dog. If "they" decide it looks or resembles a pit, pit mix, bull terrier, amstaff or bulldog.....you are refused a permit. There is NO Breed Specific Legislation in the Town of Lagrange, but the powers that be have decided to make there own rules for the park. feel free to contact me with your thoughts. dwerner2009@hotmail.com

srirving's picture
Park open?
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We haven't been for a while due to all the snow-does anyone know if the park is accessible?

Jenny C's picture
The Park is Open
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Went to the park for the first time today. Wonderful park!!! I read the other reviews which said that the park maybe closed, but there's lots of pups raring to run and play!

wag326's picture
DOG PARK CLOSED
5

Due to flooding from Hurricane Irene, the dog park is closed until further notice.

Virginia77's picture
Park re-opened
tutiano's picture
Park (Opening)
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Hope that we can get to enjoy the park soon, STORM can't wait to see his friends..

Virginia77's picture
flooding

I was over there yesterday (before I saw the notice on here, and the park gate was open). The water has receded somewhat, the land bridge is still under water, but the parking lot and fenced area (minus the gate) aren't anymore. Hopefully it will be dry soon, the weather is too nice to not be able to go!

wag326's picture
DOG PARK CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING
wag326's picture
Be Responsible

PLEASE DROP YOUR BAGS IN THE GARBAGE ON THE WAY OUT OF THE PARK. Do not leave bags near the picnic tables or outside the fence. The town temporarily moved the pail to make it easier for them to pick up. Also, please be sure to pick up after your dog. I've heard there's quite a lot on the ground. Please, please be responsible. THANK YOU!
I'll get someone to fix the gate and tend to the garbage.

jpen1016's picture
Repairs, not all that clean
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When you first walk up there is a pile of waste filled bags. The first gate in the unleashing area is fine but the second gate is off its hinge. Oother than these things that with alittle upkeep could be fixed the park is a nice size and my boxer loves it there. There are a few owners that aren't really attentive, and alittle caddy. I hope to continue going but I am very put off by some of these owners and that is unfortunate because there are a lot of nice people that do the right things that these people make look terrible...

wag326's picture
baggies

Has anyone been to the park lately? Can you tell me if the baggie dispensers need refilling? I can't imagine anyone goes there in this bitter cold, but nothing would surprise me! Thanks, Wendy

TheLunaToons's picture
Dog License and Dog Park Application

Here are links to the Town of Lagrange applications for a dog license and park tag, for those who don't want to have to make 2 trips to the Town Hall.

Dog license application - http://www.lagrangeny.org/uploads/forms/Town%20Clerk/DL-1.pdf

Dog park permit application -
http://www.lagrangeny.org/uploads/documents/recreation/Dog%20Park%20Perm...

TheLunaToons's picture
thanks!

thanks!

Lexi Jane's picture
Snow

Excellent news, and good job, Liz, keeping after your friend! Lexi says thanks, and we'll be there this weekend. Jane

Berners2027's picture
Snow
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Hi everyone.. I drove past the park and it is plowed and accessable. Also, my good friend plows for the town of Lagrange and they do plow the park after the snow is finished. Plus, I stay on his back! :)

See you all soon,
Liz
~Morgans Mommy

wag326's picture
Snow

Last year the town did not plow the parking lot. As far as I know, there are no plans to do it this year. However, we shouldn't have any mud in the parking lot once the snow melts since the town put down the hard gravel. Just beware that it can get pretty icy on the path, so please be careful.

Also, the park will close for a few weeks some time in April(also known as "mud season") to allow for reseeding. I will keep you posted with more specific info when I have it. We appreciate your patience during this process to allow the grass to grow back. We were pleasantly surprised last year with the great results!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wendy

Lexi Jane's picture
Snow

Does anyone know if the park is accessible after the snow?

Q1024's picture
Miss you guys

Just wanted to let you know that Quincy and I haven't been able to get to the park since Thanksgiving because of the time change, weekend weather, holiday shopping etc. but we miss you all and wish you the happiest holidays. Hope to see you soon. Carol

TheLunaToons's picture
Love this park!
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We've been coming to this park since August and I thought it was about time to write a review...

The Overlook park is on a pretty large piece of fenced-in land, with a gated area for leash removal. The park has some small trees, as well as a pavilion with 2 picnic tables. There are several water dishes that get filled by the dog owners, who usually bring enough water to fill a couple of them up.

In general, the people and dogs at this park are nice, responsible, and laid back. The "regulars" are great about watching their dogs, picking up the poop, and intervening when a dog gets uncomfortable. A wide variety of breeds, both large and small, come to the park. There are times when you come and the park is empty, and times when there can be upwards of 18 dogs there. It is on these full days when everyone has to be extra vigilant of situations escalating quickly, although this rarely happens.

I am curious about how the town plans to handle making the park accessible in the winter once we start getting some heavy snow. Will they plow out the parking lot, path to the park, and gated entrance? I've been told that this did not happen last year, but now that people are being required to pay to come, I hope we will have access to what we are paying for.

Overall, this is a fantastic place to bring your dog! :)

foundcamera's picture
Found camera

We found a camera today at the dog park. Let me know if you lost one. stevejbennett@liveDOTcom

wag326's picture
Thank you
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Thanks to Petco, Peg's Grooming Salon (845)486-8800, Bark Busters (845)489-0764 and Beth the "paw" reader (845) 471-2384 for participating in the 2nd Annual "Howl"oween Costume Contest last weekend!

bdaddy's picture
no comments or apologizes from anyone

My dog (a chocolate labrador) who comes from a line of field champions) will have a permanate scare due to an unprovoked attack. My dog and i will no longer attend your park due to the new park regulations which favor only town people. I am totally disgusted on how the Town of Lagrange handled their new park and got away with making up rules obviously favoring the elite town people.

reddd's picture
rules

We are also being excluded because of being city of poughkeepsie resident. Nice right? I was there this morning and i was the ONLY one there.

BaileyHudson's picture
Rules Review

Hello- I was informed about the new rules today. Hudson, Bailey and I are very disappointed with the new rules. As residents of the City of Poughkeepsie, we have enjoyed the park. I am a bit concerned about why the rules were created and on what basis? If overcrowding is the issue how was this determined? What was the average attendance at the dog park? If revenue was the issue, why not charge everyone (including all towns) outside of Lagrange? If aggressive dogs were an issue why not issue tags and rquire people to file for a permit? I think that decisions are beind made without all of the facts. Just my opinion for what it is worth. We (Hudson, Bailey and I) will miss you all and hope that the goals of these new policies have been vetted and will provide the town with they are looking for.

wag326's picture
"Howl"oween Costume Contest
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The 2nd Annual "Howl"oween Costume Contest will be held at the park on Sunday, 10/31 at 10:00am. There will be prizes, giveaways and refreshments. Also, please bring a donation for the Dutchess SPCA of blankets, dog or cat food, paper towels, bleach or laundry detergent. The SPCA will be there with some dogs that are available for adoption.

reddd's picture
Greyhounds
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The other day, we were at the park and there were three greyhounds there. Two were on leashes because the owner said they were " dog aggressive" . Please urge people like this to exit the park. There is no reason for an innocent dog to get bit for trying to sniff a dog that really shouldn't be there. Suggest that they come at non-peak hours or to not come at all.

reddd's picture
Sorry to hear about what

Sorry to hear about what happened to your lab! I have a large lab/pit mix and he has gotten bit there on more than one occasion by dogs who were not being watched by their owner.

bdaddy's picture
UPSET

I have brought my dog (a chocolate labrador) to the park for over a year. He has bee ATTACKED BY several dogs of varioous Breeds. This was while the owners were not paying attention to their dogs. On 10/28/10, my dog was attacked while running past the pavillion. He sufferd a tear. Not one person acknowledged the attack . By the way none of the dogs were pitbulls or terriers. The owners need to spend less time gossiping and pay attention to their dogs. After all it is suppose to be a dog park.

wag326's picture
paw reader

Yes, I was contacted by a "paw reader." She said she will be there.

LadyGazoo's picture
Fortune Teller?

Can anyone actually confirm that there will be a fortune teller reading paws at the upcoming halloween party? Sounds so cool!

DaniForPaws's picture
Ulster County Dog Park initiatives

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to say hi, and introduce myself. I'm one of the people working to bring a dog park to Ulster County. Hopefully, we'll have our dog park page up here soon!!

Website at www.forpawspark.com

~Danielle

Lilley77's picture
1. If the issue was
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1. If the issue was overcrowding, that could be solved by asking people to pay a fee and complete a lengthy registration process, which many people will not be willing to do. Over crowding solved.
2. If the issue was LaGrange taxpayers not wanting to pay to maintain a park that other towns are free to use, that would also be solved by taking money from every person who uses the park.

For Paws of Ulster are a group of like minded dog lovers working to build a dog park in New Paltz. It will be a county owned park, open to everyone. We have no plans to enact breed restrictions at this time. We have a plot of land approved and ready to go. Please help us in whatever way you can to raise the funds, and there will be a new dog park, open to all. Vote on the Pepsi site and we could win a huge grant to make this happen faster! Thank you, friends!

http://www.forpawspark.com/
http://www.facebook.com/forpawsofulster

wag326's picture
liason

I have been in contact with the town about this. They are looking into the NY State law which states that they can't discriminate by breed. I am happy to continue working closely with the town and keeping them informed on issues that arise. However, everyone has the same access to the town board that I do. Call and voice your concerns. Ask to be a part of the recreation committee. Go to their website (www.lagrangeny.org) and see when the board meets. Wendy

LadyGazoo's picture
DISCRIMINATION

I have not personally accuse Wendy of discrimination. In fact I applaued her past and present efforts to create and maintain this dog park. I only wish that it could remain in the spirit in which it was created. I do however feel that Wendy has the connections to be a liason between the dog owners and the town. Therefore it is not in our best interest to antagonize her for she can be an ally. I still stand by my feelings and feel that The Town of Lagrange is guilty of Geographic Deiscrimination.

reddd's picture
CONTACT LAGRANGE TOWN BOARD
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http://www.naiaonline.org/body/articles/archives/nylaw.htm

New York State PROHIBITS breed specific legislation. Or, as it is better referred to as BULL**** legislation. I plan on addressing this. It's ridiculous that my dog is a canine good citizen AND a therapy dog and not allowed in this park.

I urge all others who think this is ridiculous to contact the lagrange officials who made this regulation, which GOES AGAINST NYS statute at this time.

wag326's picture
justice

Here is the response from Town Supervisor Jon Wagner:

"The adjoining Town rule is consistent with our policy at Freedom Lake so I don't think it will change. We can only be supportive to a point of other Towns. Those folks should approach their Town Supervisor or mayor and suggest an inter municipal agreement between LaGrange and them where we receive some negotiable payment in support of the park. That may be a way to enlarge the facility as well. A sort of shared service if you will.

The "excluded" parties would need to lobby THEIR local government to get that rolling."

So, welcome to town politics. Like it or not, it is what it is. I (Wendy) felt there was a need in my town for this type of facility, so I took some action and fought hard to get it done. I would suggest you take this ball and run with it.

Lexi Jane's picture
Reality check

The resolution was passed by the town board after a public hearing, at which everyone who wanted to speak had a chance. I was there, and I live in Poughkeepsie, not Lagrange. Like many people who have enjoyed the park since the beginning, I am sad to see the restriction that will keep out people and dogs from many nearby towns. Lots of people from those towns have made a solid contribution to making this park work. But to accuse Wendy of dishonesty and discrimination only shows a lack of understanding of how this park was created and how we have gotten to this point. See Spot Run was created by Wendy's efforts, by going to meeting after meeting with the town to try to convince them to allow the construction of the park. It took years. Then she put up her own money to build the double gated entry. Did you ever wonder how the bag holder is mysteriously always full? Wendy. The pavilion was created with donated materials and donated construction work. And the Town of Lagrange put up and maintains the perimeter fence, mows, maintains the walkway across the water and the parking lot that those of us who came all last winter nearly destroyed, at the expense of the taxpayers of the Town of Lagrange. The need for regulations for this park arose when people got into arguments about their dogs, and brought those problems to the town board. So the town came up with regulations modeled after other municipalities. Are the regulations perfect? No. But it would be more productive to learn from Wendy and the town board and try to develop other parks in the area than to lower the discussion to name calling. Nobody wants to go back to having no safe place to exercise their dogs like it was before the park opened. But there are other places to build dog parks and the Town of Lagrange and its taxpayers aren't responsible for providing those facilities for everyone. The Town & City of Poughkeepsie cooperate in sharing the Spratt Park / McCann facilities and maybe it would be possible to have a dog park there. The answer is work, commitment and time to create more parks, like a group is trying to do in Ulster County. Wendy and the Town of Lagrange should be appreciated as a resource and a model, not the subject of unfair and unfounded accusations.

Berners2027's picture
We will Miss you Lilley and
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We will Miss you Lilley and Henry!!!!!!

~~Liz & Morgan

LadyGazoo's picture
DISCRIMINATION

I support the new fee guidelines for the park. This ensures that all dogs have the proper licences and vacinations. However I feel the Town of Lagrange is guilty of geographic discrimination on all other neighboring towns. I have been told that "capacity" is the reason for the new guidelines. I have NEVER been in the park where that has been the issue! In fact there have been many times where my dog and I were the only ones there. If capacity is indeed the reason then why not offer an off-peek package?

Lilley77's picture
Ulster Co. dog park
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I'm gonna post this once more, since it seems some people didn't see it. I have been helping a group of great people raise funds to get a park built in New Paltz. if you are one of the many people that won't be welcome to use See Spot Run any longer, please go to the following link and help support an Ulster Co dog park! We are currently in the running for a Pepsi grant which would pretty much pay for the park, but we need lots of votes! Thanks everyone!

Go here to read about the proposed park and vote! http://www.forpawspark.com/News---Events.html

wag326's picture
park permit

This is not a Poughkeepsie only park. The park is located in the town of LaGrange. It was the town's decision to go to a permit system. For town activities they generally limit participation to residents of LaGrange, Pleasant Valley, Beekman, Unionvale, Poughquag and Town of Poughkeepsie (the five adjoining towns). If you are no longer going to be able to use the park, I would suggest you get a group together to start a park in your town. Ask your town board if there is a one-acre piece of property available. Raise some funds and ask if they'll match them. It takes about $6,000 to get a park up and running. The shelter that was recently built was donated by a local contractor with donated materials. You can do the same thing where you live.

LaGrangeStinks's picture
Unhappy

So Lagrange people answer me this. Where is the over crowding? I have been going to your park for over a year all times of days and all different days. Most times I am alone there. I have never seen an over crowding situation. I am interested in how you came to making this a Poughkeepsie only park?

wag326's picture
Dog park in your town

Every town should have a dog park. You should consider finding a nice one-acre piece of property that is owned by your town and approaching them to build a park there. As you can see, we've used chainlink fencing for the entrance and welded wire for the perimeter. It cost $6,000 to get this park up and running. You can organize fundraisers and get it done. That's exactly what I did. I wouldn't take NO for an answer when the LaGrange town board thought I was crazy. Eventually they warmed up to the idea, and now they know that this dog park is the most popular place in town! I say Go For It!!

Lilley77's picture
Sorry, Betsy
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Hey sorry to clutter the page with my unhappiness over the new rules. I AM someone who takes her dog to this park. At least until November when I'm told I I'm not allowed anymore cause I live in the wrong town. This is a "review" space, according to the button I click to post here, and I'm just giving my review of the new park rules. I know it's not your fault, but it is fair to people who go to the park and people considering the park for the first time to hear the positive AND negative feedback here from regular park users. Thanks.

wag326's picture
Responsible dog owner

The town reserves the right to allow whomever they want at any park. Generally that includes the town of LaGrange and the five adjoining towns. That does not include the City of Poughkeepsie. If you are upset that you won't be able to use the park, I would suggest you find a piece of property in the City of Poughkeepsie and approach your town board to open a dog park there. That is what I did. And you can allow pit bulls!