Sept. 4, 2014 By Michael Florio
A group of Astoria residents are calling on the Parks Dept. and Councilman Costa Constantides to find space for a quality dog run.
The group has put together an online petition calling for the construction of a dog run in the neighborhood, citing how the current public spaces for dogs are inadequate. The petition has already generated more than 250 signatures.
The petition—officially addressed to Constantinides and the Parks Dept– states that the off-leash hours in Astoria Park are inconvenient and that the “Bugsy’s Dog Run,” which is located nearby at 12-10 Astoria Park South, is not up to standard.
Some residents have gone to Yelp to review the dog run, which has a rating of 2.5 out of five stars. One reviewer complained about rusty, broken down fences and sharp rocks that cut paws.
The petition, which states that Long Island City has several high-quality dog runs, has already generated a response from Constantinides.
“Astoria residents should have a place to take their dogs to get exercise and run around outdoors,” Constantinides said in a statement.
“As a longtime animal lover and dog owner, I know the importance of having controlled and well-maintained places for our pets to run freely and safely,” he added. “We are in the early stages of researching this issue and are considering possible locations for a good dog run in Astoria.”
The petition can be found by clicking here.