You have reached the archived homepage of the Astoria Dog Owners Association.

This website is no longer active, and will remain up for information purposes only.

As of September 2019, the Astoria Dog Owners Association had major changes in organizational structure. New parties in leadership positions will be publishing new resources soon, but have left this page up for informational purposes. This website was active until September 2019. Links to our original Facebook Page and Instagram account have been removed to enable new leadership to make executive decisions on how to manage those accounts. Please read a message from our former Chair and Vice Chairs below.

A message from Cofounders Erin and Rob Kirby:

We are excited to announce that new leadership has stepped forward to take over the Astoria Dog Owners Association. In the coming days, we will transition the Astoria Dog Park Facebook Group to them. It is with great sadness, however, that Rob Kirby and I announce we will be departing the Astoria Dog Owners Association entirely; given the current circumstances behind the scenes and in discussion with those who will be taking over, it seems counterproductive for us to stay on to guide the transition process as initially planned. We know the new leadership is enthusiastic about taking on the challenge, and we wish them luck in this endeavor. Thank you everyone for allowing us to work with you and serve this amazing community for these last 5 years. It has truly been an honor to be a part of this project and this neighborhood.

With best regards: Erin and Rob Kirby

~September 11th, 2019

Thank you for visiting Astoria Dog Owners Association’s website. Astoria Dog Owners Association is a civic organization geared towards increasing services and facilities for dogs and dog owners, and advocating on their behalf. Our primary objective is to increase the quality of life for our neighborhood’s dogs and dog parents. Thus far our biggest initiative has been working towards getting a new dog run built in Astoria; a project we are proud to say is now finally complete thanks to the hard work of many. We have partnered with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the park clean and in good repair; this arrangement is common across the city to ensure city parks receive the attention the community deserves. This requires an extensive group of committed volunteers.

Learn how you can get involved with Astoria Dog Owners Association, or sign up to volunteer at the new dog run.


The new dog run is now open! We are recruiting for volunteers to assist with cleaning the run. Learn more about how to get involved with maintaining our dog run here.

You can receive the latest updates by following our blog or our Facebook Page, or learn more about getting involved here.


Ribbon Cutting, July 16th 2019 PHOTO CREDIT: Phyllis Sharp

Funding and Campaigning

Astoria Dog Owners Association is extraordinarily grateful for the support of our public officials, including Council Member Costa Constantinides, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and State Senator Michael Gianaris. Without their dedication to our project and generous allocation of funds, this project would not be possible. After winning $500,000 through our participatory budgeting campaign (and thanks to our Councilman), Senator Gianaris and Borough President Katz allocated an additional $500,000. To learn more about the funding efforts of our public officials, see the latest press release from the Councilman’s office. You can also read more about these updates in our blog post here.


Astoria Dog Owners Association would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our 2015 Participatory Budgeting campaign sponsors, our supporters, and everyone who went out and voted for Proposal 13! We wouldn’t have gotten to this point without the help from all of you!

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  1. Hi, first congratulations on your new dog run! I am writing to you to ask for your help. We are the Astoria Five. We are a tree loving group that clean and maintain the beauty of Astoria trees in specific areas of Astoria. My area is Hoyt Ave. north. from 29th street to 24th street which is along the new dog run to be built. Technically, there are no homeowners responsible for this property, so we have made it our job to clean it up. We host several clean-up events each year. We were fortunate to have quite a few trees planted just few years ago along the Ave. with tree guards surrounding the tree beds, but we need plenty of help to keep them clean. They are currently surrounded by 5 feet of weeds and lots of garbage. I am planning on hosting an event within the next few weeks, so I was hoping I can count on your organization to help. I have plenty of tools and gloves provided by the Parks Dept. Councilman Costa provides the bags and arranges for the Sanitation Dept pick-up. We currently get plenty of help from the Latter Day Saints and St. John’s H.S. ( but with school out we may not get the generous help that we receive during the school year). Can we add your organization to the list? Any bit of help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



    1. Hello Anna!
      Thank you for reaching out to us. We would be happy to announce the need for help to our committee and those who support our organization. If you could, please reach out to us with an email to with as many details as possible? We can forward that along to recruit some people to help your organization maintain the trees in our neighborhood. We are very appreciative of the work your group does, and thank you again for reaching out to us!
      Secretary of Media and Marketing


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