WHAT IS THE HANCOCK HOUNDS DOG PARK?
We are proud to announce that Hancock Hounds Dog Park is now a New York State Not-Profit Corporation operating under Hancock Hounds Dog Park, Inc. and is also an IRS approved 501(c)3 charitable organization for community beautification as an S20 NTEE. HHDP is a community based project actively raising funds to build a Phase 2 of the Public Dog Park behind the Hancock Town Hall at 661 West Main Street that will benefit the local community as well as provide much needed community resources, physical exercise, and mental stimulation for the local dogs. We now have a large and a small dog run open to the public and are seeking to build the "Community Garden.”
WHO IS THE DOG PARK FOR? EVERYONE!
The Hancock Hounds Dog Park will be only a short walk for many of the local village residents and available to all Town residents and regional commuters with handicap accessible parking at the Town Hall. The public dog park will also be conveniently located next to the new NYS (Tesla Turbo) Electric Vehicle Charging Station that will open in Fall 2022. Hancock is currently developing this amazing new station with the New York State Power Authority. This will allow tourists to stop and charge their vehicles on their journey, and also walk their dogs in a safe environment at the same time, truly welcoming families and new faces into our town and enticing them to stay longer.
HHDP hopes to feature solar power installations at the dog park in the near future as well, allowing for device charging, solar lights, and the general education of clean energy for the public at large. HHDP also intends to welcome local artists to display their works at the Public Dog Park, and also to work with the Hancock Historical Society to create a visual and educational installation on the outside of the fencing to educate locals and tourists about historic places in Hancock and our rich history. This will make the Dog Park an integral part of the community, creating a visually and culturally enriching experience for all who see it.
WHO SUPPORTS YOUR ORGANIZATION?
We are proud to have local support from the Hancock Area Chamber of Commerce, Hancock Partners, The Hancock Herald, NBT Bank, The Delaware Valley Garden Club, Delaware River Solar, The Campton's, Hancock Community Education Foundation, and many other respected businesses and non-profit organizations in the local community. This dog park is located in the scenic Western Catskills at the Gateway to the Delaware River in upstate New York, designed and built for the betterment of the entire community and their canine friends.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
The closest dog parks available to local residents are in Deposit NY or Binghamton NY approximately 1/2 hour to 1 hour away, and not all dogs can easily or safely travel by car and not all dog owners in the community can drive or have the ability to do so. HHDP wants this Dog Park to provide emotional support, physical exercise, and new business opportunities for the local community to be able to build jobs and infrastructure to support animal/pet needs throughout the town. HHDP hopes to partner with local civic organizations to provide access to jobs for Dog Walking, and to work with local Veterinary services to ensure better access to vaccinations, spade/neuter services, and dog registration in Hancock.
WHERE IS THE DOG PARK LOCATED?
The Town has generously agreed to allow HHDP a land use license for 661 W Main Street to install and operate the dog park behind the Hancock Town Hall. This means HHDP does not have to raise funds for the land itself, saving more than a year of lead time. This also means HHDP can save resources and time for the dog park itself to do it to a higher standard of quality, and add more features over time. This also means we can open the dog park more quickly and efficiently to the public, and make it more accommodating for those who may be handicapped, disabled, or require closer access to parking and shade.
*This amazing opportunity would not be possible without the VERY GENEROUS support of the Town of Hancock and their incredible leadership who has been so supportive of our small grassroots organization since the beginning.
HOW WILL THE PARK LOOK?
Hancock Hounds Dog Park, Inc. and its membership will be installing the park in THREE PHASES. This will allow us to make improvements to the designated Dog Park area with the professional advice and help of Delaware County, who have graciously volunteered a Landscape Architect to help HHDP resolve drainage concerns. They can also give HHDP clear and professional advice on how best to integrate the Dog Park into the natural landscape, while protecting the land's value, history and natural vegetation.
CURRENT DOG PARK SITE:
SUBMITTED FINAL LAYOUT & SIZING:
WHEN DOES IT OPEN?
PHASE #1 is a mixed-use Dog Run that opened during the 2021 Holiday Season. This Dog Run is approximately 40'x70' as seen in the above image. This will be used as a pilot/test build to ensure quality, and proper weather proofing.
PHASE #2 will be divided to allow for HHDP to build out the Large Dog Run in two parts, and then designate the mixed-use Dog Run, as the Small Dog Run permanently. It's important that we do this in two parts to resolve possible drainage issues on the property for good, and to ensure the weather proofing worked as designed. The final phase will see the Large Dog Run become approximately 100'x70' as seen in the above image in red. The HHDP needs the installation to be able to survive in tough weather for years to come. Please rest assured that we are utilizing all resources, and monies raised wisely, transparently, and with the utmost care for your time, generous spirit, and the betterment of the whole community. Phase 2 opened December 22nd, 2022. This will be followed by the new Community Garden on the far left of the property next to the new Electric Vehicle Stations which also opened for Christmas 2022.
See updated photos below:
Phase #2 Ribbon Cutting — Hancock Town Supervisor Jerry Vernold cuts the ribbon for the Hancock Hounds Dog Park (HHDP) expansion. The facility now offers a separate large dog area. Attending the ceremony were representatives from Jim Serio Real Estate, a major sponsor of the dog park, The Hancock Partners, and the Town of Hancock. Pictured (l-r): Jim Serio, Rosie Hubbs, Amanda Paduch, Richard Lowe, Jerry Vernold, Geraldine Walsh, and Jill Keller.
HOW CAN I HELP?
If you have not been to our official website to learn more about the Hancock Hounds Dog Park, please do so at anytime or by clicking HERE! We welcome you to shop our exiting merchandise to raise awareness and funds. If you don't know if you want to contribute now, that's okay but you might want to do so later. If so, you can always shop our website and help by buying/contributing to big ticket items for the dog park like benches and signage.
You can shop the HHDP site by clicking HERE. Please see some photo examples below of our best selling items!
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION?
If you would like to make a 1-Time Donation or a Monthly Recurring Donation you can do so with our Paypal Link at anytime by clicking HERE or forward the QR code below to Friends and Family! We understand some people may want to do their homework about a Not-Profit before donating, and we encourage that diligent practice. Please feel free to learn more about the Hancock Hounds Dog Park by looking at our current Dog Park Proposal , or our Official NYS Documents, Meeting Minutes and Bylaws on our official website's About Page.
HOW CAN I DONATE?
You can donate to our GoFundMe here, or if you need to take more time before making a decision, you can donate at a later date with the QR code below. Also feel free to share this GoFundMe page or the QR code below with friends and family! HHDP needs all the help we can get to ensure we can build something meaningful for the community.
We are so thankful and grateful for the community's continued support, and we are excited that this project is coming to life so quickly. This is thanks to your continued support and YOUR GENEROSITY!
The Hancock Hounds Dog Park - Executive Board & 2021 Membership
Hancock Hounds Dog Park, Inc.
661 W Main St. #HHDP
Hancock, NY 13783
PHOTOS OF OUR RECENT PHASE 1 &2 BUILD & 2022 COMMUNITY ART WALK