Should dogs be allowed in Glen Park?

It’s a question generating a lot of debate among Amherst and Village of Williamsville residents who have enjoyed the picturesque village park, in its many incarnations, for decades. Village Trustee Chris Duquin, liaison to the Glen Park Joint Board, said the question recently resurfaced at a board meeting.

Now, it’s the hot topic on the village and Glen Park Facebook pages. Hundreds of people have either “liked” the question or posted their own comments.

“No,” wrote one. “There should be some parks where you can go with your kids and enjoy yourself without worrying [about] owners who didn’t pick up after themselves or whether or not you’re placing your blanket over residual poop.”

“Of course!” wrote another. “I walk my dog by that park fairly regularly, and it’s ridiculous that my dog and I are shunned, while everyone else gets to enjoy it.”

As of late last week, those in favor outnumbered those against.

“It’s quite a conversation,” Duquin said. “It’s in the village code that dogs and horses are not allowed in Glen Park, and I assume that goes back to 1977, when the park was formed.”

The Village Board discussed the matter at their work session this past week and will hold a public hearing on the topic on Feb. 25.

Also this week:

• The Amherst Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 3 p.m.

• The Sweet Home School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Vergils Community Center of the high school, 1901 Sweet Home Road.

• The Amherst Lions Club is looking for new members. The Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Paddock Golf Dome, near the I-290 Colvin exit. Any men or women who might consider joining the Amherst Lions Club can contact ALC President Robert Sikorski at or 553-8888.