Banning dogs has turned Brewster's Drummer Boy Park into a ghost town [Letter to the Editor]

To the Editor:

So, Drummer Boy Park is closed to dogs.

In the meantime, the only folks I see enjoying the park these days are the Brewster Police Dept. (whom I have only the utmost respect for, do not appear to be overly excited about the Board of Health ruling, and are just doing their job), the Brewster Animal Control officer, and a certain gloating member of the Brewster Conservation Trust.

Beyond that, the park is a ghost town.

What's more, though only a handful of non-dog-owners now frequent the park, there is noticeably more trash floating amongst the grounds, attesting to the fact that dogs and dog owners tread lighter on DBP than those who are sans-canine.

As one who overlooks the entire park from my home at virtually all hours of the day, I know from experience that 99.2% of the park's use was comprised of dogs and their companions, and that was not at the exclusion of others who may otherwise enjoy the park.  Quite to the contrary, I have met many young families with kids - families that do not have their own dog – that would purposely take their children to the park in order for their children to interact with our canine friends.

I would urge everyone in disagreement with this travesty of local justice to vote with their pocketbook; contact the Brewster Chamber of Commerce and let them know that your intention is to boycott all organized events held at the park – from craft fairs to antique shows, holiday celebrations to civic functions.

And, let's all hold out hope that legal action may come to pass providing a fly in the BOH ointment - a wrench in the anti-dog machine – that will allow all of us to once again enjoy the park in the spirit in which those precious acres were given to the Town of Brewster - the spirit in which they were meant to be appreciated.   That intention was for Drummer Boy to be enjoyed by everyone, be they bi-pedal or quad-pedal beings.

The unilateral and arbitrary action of the BOH will not and should not stand, and I am confident that sanity, logic and fairness will ultimately prevail.  This discussion needs to be reopened without delay – and the BOH needs to be challenged vigorously.  Please show us documented evidence of illness emanating from the presence of dogs at Drummer Boy Park, Ms. Chaffee and Company. You cannot; It does not exist.

Hope to see you back at DBP soon,

Jon Liebling
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