July 17, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Local officials and community leaders gathered yesterday morning to officially unveil the recently completed dog run and other renovations at Triborough Bridge Playground C on Hoyt Avenue.
The $1 million project brought a renovated basketball court and a new bone-shaped dog run to the 82-year-old Astoria playground, located on Hoyt Avenue South between 23rd Street and 24th Street.
“The growing families of Astoria will enjoy the vibrant public space, new basketball courts and dog run at Triborough Bridge Playground C,” Katz said at the ribbon cutting earlier today. “This project will benefit Astoria residents, and their canine companions, for decades to come. Thank you to Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Dockett and everyone at NYC Parks for the hard work they put in to make this project a reality.”
Katz was joined by City Council Member Costa Constantinides, Community Board 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris and Vice President of the Astoria Dog Owners Association Erin Kirby at the ribbon cutting.
The project was completed and officially opened to the public late last month.
The park’s basketball court now features new asphalt pavement, backboards, benches and a drinking fountain. The newly constructed dog run, separated from the basketball court by a fence, is outfitted with spray hydrants, concrete climbing mounds and boulders and drinking fountains with dog bowls. It also features separate areas for large and small dogs.
“I am so happy to see this dog run open for the Astoria community,” Constantinides said. “We heard the barks of our four-legged constituents, and delivered a state-of-the-art space for them to run, play, and get some fresh air.
As part of the project, the sidewalk along Hoyt Avenue South was widened and outfitted with new greenery alongside of it.