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Excerpts from emails, letters, & posts...

I have written Mayor Bramson and the Newspaper to  no avail.  I think it is a disgrace what has happened due to the complaints of a couple of selfish, self-centered people.
We want our park back for ALL, especially our beloved pets who enjoyed it so very much.

I just LOVE what you folks are doing. Please keep it up until this unjust ordinance is overturned. There is NO justification for fees and the limited hours. Thanks to you, maybe the law will be changed.

I live in Larchmont and had taken 3 generations of dogs to Ward Acres for about a decade. Since the law started I have not set foot there. How sad is that?! I usually would then head to Wykagyl and spend $$ at the various shops... No more. It is both the dog owners and the business that are being punished...
 
"Bramson¹s Blunder" is wrong, wrong, WRONG and the sooner the ordinance and all those that voted for it are gone, gone GONE the better!  (Entire letter posted on "The People Speak" page.)

Being a park regular, I have occasionally seen the two legged ones using the park also, I would say it would be one handfull since April, but if you were to look at Ward Acres prior to the ruling, the park was constantly being used, but now during the off times for dog owners, you can pass by the park any day and not even see one person using the park, or perhaps I should say once I saw Noam Bramson using the park for a photo-op with his family. I am a tax payer in New Rochelle, and I believe the taxes I pay also help to support the maintenance of the park and it should be used, and the dog owners always took good care of the park in the past for free, especially Dennis spending countless hours a week in the past cutting vines. I have not seen one non-dog owner lift a finger to help maintain the park.

I am a New Rochelle resident...No one used the park before the dogs and, without major improvements, no one will use it now.

I am not a New Rochelle resident I live in Throggs Neck Bx. I have been going to Ward for about 2 years. My dogs really miss it. I dont even mention the word Ward because my silky terrier goes crazy when he used to hear me say want to go to Ward he loved it so much and so did I. I recently went there without him just to see and there was no one there not one person as I and my daughter walked along I said to her the whole atmostphere had shifted.  There were no friendly faces, no dogs running happy and it made me sad. I now have to go to Pelham Bay Park where there is a little enclosed area and my dogs look at me like "whats this" but we make do. I hope something changes but until then I miss Ward Acres and so do my 3 dogs Ruby, Squirt and little Ralphie.  Oh by the way I also put on 10 lbs. miss my walks too... Sincerly  Michele


I am a New Rochelle resident and new dog owner. My wife, our 9 and 12 year daughters, and myself have just started taking our dog to Ward Acres. We love it and are deeply disappointed about the new regulations. 


I've only been going to Ward for about 3 weeks. I've found that it's
a wonderful place and it's a shame what the NR city is imposing.
I'm a NR resident and am completely dismay by how the city is
alienating non-residents dog owners from this park. While I
understand the merits of the pro-people friendly park group, I do
feel the restrictions are unfair. The city should have adapted a
more balanced solution.

We love Ward Acres & have been so confused by why you would change something that is not broken. The people who use Ward Acres love and care for it. We have been able to take long walks throughout all the seasons.

...it’s just that New Rochelle doesn't want to share with their neighbors.  This is very sad, I have written in and I have tried to make my voice heard. But my voice is not heard for I live in Bronxville and not New Rochelle. All New Rochelle residents should be disgusted with your city officials. If you have an ideas of how i can help or get the fees down to a more reasonable rate let me know, but for now I hope no one pays that Astronomical price for that is just wrong, and rude.

I'm not a New Rochelle resident and cannot or will not pay the non resident fee for my 4 dogs. I also have foster dogs now and again. But one thing is for sure, I will NOT be doing my errands on the way home from Wards at the nearby Grape Exchange, Food Emporium, Starbucks, Harmon Drugs, Boston Market, etc...To think that I toyed with the idea of purchasing a home in New Rochelle because I thought that it was dog friendly because of the former situation in Ward Acres....WOW, WHAT A REALITY CHECK FOR ME!

I am only able to visit the park during the week between the hours of 2:15 and 3:00 because my children are in school. I am a single, working parent who eagerly leaves work to relieve some stress, get some fresh air, and exercise my dogs by walking at Ward Acres. 


I was at WA tonite thinking about how so many dogs will miss running and socializing with each other.  Not everyone has 200.00 to invest in in taking their dog for a run and the principal of it all is just  so outrageous I  can't even wrap myself around it.
 
What has this society come to.
 
Lets get it together for our precious animals.

The community of dogs and people at Ward Acres are in the minority of dog owners in the nation in that they had access to Ward's to give their dogs the proper amount of exercise. In reality most dog owners just give their dogs leash walks or let them run in the backyard if they have one. Ward Acres was an ideal situation, which should be the norm. I guess that it is too progressive a concept for the mayor and the city council.

Thank you so much for your efforts to save Ward Acres. I have been going there for 12 years with my sidekick Bandit and picked bittersweet there as a child (I grew up in New Rochelle)! The place is very dear to my heart. We have fought off soccer fields et al, but this ruling by Noam Bramson is difficult to absorb. Yet, I know we will prevail.


i  met someone today just walking the streets  and they said  that they are boycotting new rochelle-she never went to wards but can't believe what they are doing,,,she said she has a friend who used to go to ward and do all her errands at that little mall down the street(food empurioum,dry cleaner etc) and now she will not be going to any new rochelle shops--so there is two people protesting in that way not a bad idea 

Dogs are our allies in war, law enforcment and provide sight for the blind and help mankind in so many ways to make our lives better. We need to fight for them. We need to do something big. 

I am a New Rochelle resident and applaud your continued efforts and your encouragement for the rest of us not to give up.

The restriction on off leash hours creates an opportunity for teens to feel more secure about drinking and drugging at Ward Acres knowing they may not be as likely to bump into people there during certain hours.  Not something to be taken so lightly. 

New Rochelle is walking a fine line here--they clearly have the right to limit off-leash hours, and they most likely [Ed: maybe not!] have the right to charge a fee for the use of the park. The question that remains--and this is not a trivial question, nor can it be answered just by common sense--is whether the $250 fee per dog for non-residents is so high as to be prohibitive. 

I am absolutely devastated that we can't use the park anymore. First of all, I can't afford it and second, I can never come during the hours we're allowed, so I have no place for them to run freely anymore. Maybe they'll change their mind.

Hi!  Although I am one of the "sunny day" users, and am not a resident of Westchester, I just wanted to say that we (me, Jazzie and Chalupa) love your park and would like to continue to use it.  From my observations, all the dog owners who use the park are responsible, and all the dogs seem to be well socialized.  I will be very sorry if we can no longer use the park on a sunny day.

 Thanks so much for doing all this- I love the website and it just makes me so upset to return from four years of college with a new rescue dog and not be able to show her Ward Acres.  This was a truly great park and I can see no reason that the city would make a decision like this! :(  Please let me know if I can help at all.  Ashley

Did write a letter to the Mayor - reply said they were trying to please everyone!  Now that's a drastic failure on their part. And I reminded them of what the park was like before the dog walkers - used by the homeless and drug addicts, not friendly. 

I am not a New Rochelle resident I live in Throggs Neck Bx. I have been going to Ward for about 2 years. My dogs really miss it. I dont even mention the word Ward because my silky terrier goes crazy when he used to hear me say want to go to Ward he loved it so much and so did I. I recently went there without him just to see and there was no one there not one person as I and my daughter walked along I said to her the whole atmostphere had shifted there were no friendly faces, no dogs running happy and it made me sad. I now have to go to Pelham Bay Park where there is a little enclosed area and my dogs look at me like "whats this?"  But we make due. I hope something changes but until then I miss Ward Acres and so do my 3 dogs Ruby, Squirt and little Ralphie.  Oh by the way I also put on 10 lbs. miss my walks too... Sincerly  Michele

I have a feeling that they made it [the fees] high on purpose, hoping to dissuade dog owners from entering the park.

I'm a New Rochelle Resident and my dog Ruby & I use the park everyday, often twice a day. Love the web site!

I am moving out of state to Vermont and one of the reasons, not all, is the stupid ridiculous attitude  in Westchester County regarding dogs. Ward Acres & Scouts Field personifies it all.


I do wish you luck but the politics of this entire thing is ruining the simple pleasure of being there. At this point, I think I will return to long quiet walks, loving the place and minding my own business.

They want to have a concert series and state fair events, all obviously on weekends and that's why we're being kicked out.

I live in Yonkers and bring at least four dogs of my own to
Ward Acres in addition to any fosters that I had for Pet Rescue. I
won't pay $1000 for such limited off leash hours. I use the Park
mostly after work. All winter I've walked in the dark with lights on
my dog's collars along with other people and their dogs. Will they
then enforce the "till dusk" law? That is 5pm or sooner in the
winter. I'm not the only one walking their dogs much later than that.
By the way, I've been completely safe and never bothered over the
years. 

I just returned from Ward Acres and I was shocked to see the literally 100's of footprints in the snow indicating how widely used the park was yesterday by people and their companion animals. It got me to wondering what kind of foot traffic I would see in any other type of park or municipal recreational facility be it Saxon woods, a soccer field, etc. after a storm like we had yesterday...

yes, county wide. i'd like to see westch. and new roch. BRAG about and PROMOTE the one of a kind ward thing- the most used park (without playing fields) in the area with NO gov. help.


Ward Acres is a supposedly public park. No public park in Westchester
charges a "fee" to walk a dog except for Ward Acres. The City Council
wants everyone to pay for the privilege of having our dogs walk off
leash for just a couple of hours a day and on leash the rest of the
time. I just don't understand how they can legally get away with
charging a fee for walking a dog in a public park. Next, humans will
have to buy a permit in order to walk in a public park in New Rochelle!

Does anyone know of any other public park in the country that requires a permit and charges fees for walking dogs? Just curious.

We are very angry and mad that we are unable to take them there any longer because of the cost of a permit. 






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