Dec. 17, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
In preparation for a new, $1 million dog run planned under the Triborough/RFK Bridge, City officials will collect design input and ideas from residents at a community meeting next month.
The dog run visioning session will take place at Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m., according to Councilman Costa Constantinides. Residents will be asked for input on the dog run as well as planned upgrades to adjacent space.
Constantinides said that some of the topics discussed could include separation of big and small dogs, where the water sources will be and what the surrounding fences will look like.
“It’s really going to take a lot of input,” he said. “We want people there to come in and roll up their sleeves and be prepared to explain how they envision this site to look.”
Many Astoria dog owners have been anticipating the new dog run since it was voted one of the winning items on Constantinides’ Participatory Budgeting ballot, securing $500,000 for the project. Subsequently, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz chipped in discretionary capital dollars, doubling funding to $1 million.
The dog run will sit at Triborough Lot C, at Hoyt Avenue between 23rd Street and 24th Street. Accoring to Constantinides, some of the money will also go towards upgrades to an adjacent basketball court and fencing, which will be discussed at the visioning session.
The visioning session is part of the Parks Department’s pre-design process. Once a design is nailed down, Constantinides estimated that the project will be complete after roughly two years.