Praises Freeway Dog Park
Why has The Wave not been a better friend to the Rockaway Freeway Dog Park? The letters and stories featured in your newspaper have been largely negative in the past and have had a negative impact on how residents of Rockaway and the surrounding areas view the park. I have lived in Rockaway my entire life and find this park to be one of the most positive recreation projects I have ever seen. Last night I sat at the picnic table with my friends, both human and canine, enjoying the shade of a nearby tree and conversation as another summer winds to an end. Besides the talk of mosquitoes and the need for a water source at the park, all was calm and uplifting. Many dogs played nearby—a Great Dane, a Shepard mix, my English Bulldog and yes, a pit bull, Stewie, who was more concerned with barking at his favorite tree than fighting with the other dogs. It was the same as hundreds of other peaceful nights have passed at the park—there were no fights, no dog attacks, and everyone went home happy and tired from play.
I wish that others could see what an asset this beautiful park is to our community and how happy it makes our dogs. I wish that The Wave would take more care and interest in reflecting the positive events that take place here, and not just the few and far between scuffles.