Sept. 5, 2018 By Tara Law
Astoria’s first official dog run is slated for completion this April, NYC Parks Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski confirmed last night.
The dog run will be located on Triborough Playground C, which is on Hoyt Avenue South between 23rd Street and 24th Street. The playground’s basketball court is also being renovated, Lewandowski said.
The dog run will feature separate play areas for large and small dogs, and will each feature spray fire hydrants, rocky mounds for the dogs to climb on and seating for owners.
The basketball court will resurfaced and include new hoops. Seating will be added.
Although dog parks have proliferated across the city in recent years, the new space will be Astoria’s first official dog run.
A makeshift dog park, “Bugsy’s Dog Run,” was created by community members more than a decade ago at 12-10 Astoria Park. However, the space was widely criticized for being rundown and inadequate for Astoria dog owners.
The push for the new dog run took off in 2014, when a group of dog owners released a petition on Change.org to call attention to the community’s need for a space for dogs. The petition ultimately gained more than 700 signatures and the backing of Councilmember Costa Constantinides.
The following year, the community voted in a participatory budgeting poll to direct $500,000 in capital funding to a new dog run. Borough President Melinda Katz agreed to contribute an additional $500,000 later that year to fully fund the project.