The Town of Bethlehem dog park was established to provide a place for Bethlehem residents to exercise their dogs. It is a fenced, 1.3-acre site located within the northernmost area of Elm Avenue Park.
The dog park can be accessed from the Delmar By-Pass Extension, one-tenth of a mile west of Route 32.
Parking is prohibited along the Delmar By-Pass Extension, the service roads leading to the park, and the grass areas. Ample parking is available at the Park 'n' Ride lot adjacent to the dog park.
Town of Bethlehem dog owners wishing to use the park will be required to obtain a permit for each dog at the Town Clerk's Office at Bethlehem Town Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dogs must be licensed and owners must present proof of current rabies and distemper (D.H.L.P.P.) boosters. Permits expire on December 31 and must be renewed each year. There will be an annual permit fee of $30, or $15 for dog owners age 62 and over. The fee is reduced to $15 if purchased on or after October 1. Replacement tags are $5 each. The permit fee is waived for those who have temporary ownership of guide and therapy dogs and dogs in training for such jobs. The fee is also waived for dogs who assist a disabled individual. A permit tag will be issued and must be attached to the dog's collar when using the dog park.
For safety reasons and concern for nearby homeowners, users are required to abide by a number of park rules which are posted at the park, and are described in an informational brochure available at Town Hall and the Parks and Recreation Office. Users are required to clean up after their dogs. Scoops and an in-ground receptacle are provided for easy cleanup.
The park is open every day year-round from 8 a.m. to dusk but may be closed during extremely wet conditions. The park is lit until 7 p.m. during late fall and winter months.