Aug. 5, 2016 By Michael Florio
The Parks Dept has completed the design of a new dog run that will opening in Astoria.
The dog run will be installed at Triborough Playground C, located on Hoyt Avenue South (between 23rd and 24th Streets), and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018. The playground’s basketball courts will also be revamped.
The dog run will feature a play area for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs. Each play area will have a spray fire hydrant, and a variety of rocky mounds, according to Councilman Costa Constantinides (see diagram).
The design includes a new bright color scheme with a focal point in the shape of a dog bone. There will also be benches installed, as well as a hose hook-up to help maintain cleanliness.
This is the first planned dog run in Astoria, according to Constantinides. The project will go out for bid in January 2017. The one-year construction process is tentatively scheduled to begin next summer.
The dog run was one of the winning projects in the 2015 participatory budget process, which allowed constituents to vote on how $1 million in capital funds should be spent. The project received the second most votes, out of the 18 projects that were on the ballot that year.
Originally, $500,000 was set aside for the project, but that number was doubled in July 2016 to $1 million.
The upgrades to the basketball area will feature new hoops and rims, improved court paint markings, and new seating. The dog run area will be separated from the basketball court area by a tall fence.