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Dog run, new playground and school tech upgrades coming to Astoria

Astoria to get a dog run

Astoria to get a dog run

May 5, 2015 By Michael Florio

Astoria’s dog lovers are going to get a dog run.

The dog run is part of three new projects that are going to be funded as a result of a districtwide vote where residents were able to cast their ballots to determine how $1 million in city funds should be spent.

Voters had 18 different projects to choose from and were able to cast their ballots in a number of neighborhood locations between April 12 and 19.

The three most popular projects totaled a little over $1 million and will be funded.

Those projects were: public school tech upgrades to be distributed among seven schools ($240,000); a dog run to located under the RFK Bridge at the Tri-borough LOT C ($500,000); and the conversion of IS 126’s parking lot into a playground ($500,000).

While the projects came in at a little over $1 million, Constantinides said that he would find extra funds to ensure that all three capital projects are funded.

He said that it would take some time before the dog run and playground are constructed. For example, he said that there will be public discussion as to how the dog run will be configured in terms of whether to separate big dogs from little dogs.

Constantinides said that 2,200 residents voted, well above the city average last year of 1,700.

‘I am happy the community’s voice is being heard,” Constantinides said at an event held at the Bohemian Beer Garden Tuesday just for volunteers.

The $1 million dollars that was put up for a vote was part of a process called participatory budgeting. The concept provides residents with a direct say on how the money should be spent in the district.

Residents were able to vote for as many as five neighborhood projects—from a list of 18. The projects that received the most votes—up until approximately $1 million is exhausted—will be funded.

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So the dog run gets funded and the low income playground revamps get nothing. Sad.


Troll – it’s called design development. It needs to be done before you build anything. Astoria could actually use more design development! Helps us all.

Hell Gate Bridge Troll

“…he said that there will be public discussion as to how the dog run will be configured in terms of whether to separate big dogs from little dogs.”

There really needs to be a discussion on this?

It’s a no-brainer: big dogs and little dogs absolutely need to be separated!

Does a maltese need to get ripped apart by a pit-bull before the geniuses in charge of this project realize the bloody obvious?

Voice of Reason

Troll – there is a very active community group behind the dog run. They have already drawn up plans and done research into how the dog run should be structured. There will be safety gates, lights, water fountains and a separate big and little run, pretty standard stuff. Costanides is a supporter of the dog run, but is not intimately involved in the process so he does not know the details in full. He knows that there is more planning to set up the dog run and that is all. The group behind the run consists entirely of local dog parents who will do their best for the dogs.


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