Join us tomorrow night at the Bohemian Beer Hall for a meet and greet style meeting over a beer! We will also take some time to fill the public in on our latest news, and holding sign ups/nominations for our executive board (if you are interested in holding a position, you may sign up or if you know someone, nominate them; official voting will be held at our next ADOA meeting). Please join us!!! We welcome all dog owners, people who work with dogs, or people who just love dogs. Have a drink, meet other local dog owners, and help us make Astoria a more dog friendly environment, and a better place for us all!
When? October 4th, 2016 at 8pm
Where? Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, New York 11102
Sprinklers in the shape of fire hydrants for dogs to play in on hot days;
A storage locker for maintenance supplies;
Improved grading to ensure water can adequately drain from the site;
Hose hookup(s) for cleaning purposes;
Clear site lines for dog parents to monitor their pups.
The funds allocated by our public officials will also go to renovating one of the basketball courts, as well as improving the sidewalks around the park. Water access will also be installed to the park, as the site currently is not hooked up to a city water source.
A tentative timeline for the project is as follows:
Bids Process: January 2017
Breaking Ground: Spring/Summer 2017
Park completion: 2018
Astoria Dog Owners Association will be planning a meeting in the near future to discuss plans moving forward; please look for the announcement on our Facebook page, as well as here on our blog.
On a more personal note:
The members of Astoria Dog Owners Association are incredibly excited to see two years of hard work paying off, and are extraordinarily grateful for the hard work, dedication, and support of our public officials. We are also unspeakably grateful to all the Astorians who have helped making the dreams of an official dog run a reality, the local businesses who have provided generous support to our participatory budgeting campaign, and of course everyone who went out and voted for ballot item 13 during the 2014-2015 participatory budgeting cycle.
We are honored to be a part of this amazing community!!!
Basil is excited to hear she might get a new, safe, clean place to play (and get to keep her off leash hours too)! But she needs your help; please vote during the week of April 13th-19th on Participatory Budgeting Item #13.
We have finally launched our Instagram account! Check us out here. We promise lots of adorable pictures of our pups, along with important information about our campaign and how you can get involved!
In the coming days, we will be announcing more information about our campaign (including any campaign events/activities). The vote is less than a month away now, and we have a lot to do. We are hoping not to have to break any bad news to Basil (How can you say no park to a face like her’s?)!!!
We have some information on preliminary voting sites, which can be found here!!!
Let’s make 2015 the year that Astoria having a dog run becomes a reality!!
Wow! We are so amazed by how much progress has been made towards getting a new dog run built in Astoria so far!!! This process is far from over, and we will be continuing to keep everyone posted about all the details along the way.
However, we have been a bit taken aback by some of the misinformation floating around related to our cause.
Recently, a rumor has been going around Bugsy’s that the run will be shutting down as a result of our efforts. We are (and have been) against closing Bugsy’s and have received no indication from our councilman, from the parks alliance and the parks department, or from any community organization we work with that this will happen (at anytime, and definitely not anytime in the near future or in association with our cause). Bugsy’s Dog Run is the responsibility of the DEP, and it has always been, and remains a possibility, that they will opt to remove the dog run in order to conduct needed maintenance or other work on the property. It also is possible that the city will sell the land, and this has also always been a possibility. But we have received no information as of yet that there have been any plans (immediate or otherwise) to close Bugsy’s. And none of this would be at all associated with our group should such plans arise. It is highly unlikely that such action would have anything to do with plans to build a dog run either. The land Bugsy’s is on is of little use to developers because it is small, on a drainage pipe (so you can’t dig down), and on unstable land. The DEP is unlikely to remove the park unless necessary, and don’t care that the park is there (only that we don’t get upset if they have to remove it). The building of a new dog run wouldn’t be likely to make the DEP want to put in the necessary time and money to demolish the preexisting park just because another is build. So, as far as we know, this is only a rumor. If you have any conclusive evidence from the city that we have yet to be provided, please pass that along to us. Thanks!
Please excuse our appearance while we complete building our site!
Thank you for visiting Astoria Dog Owners Association’s website. We have been so impressed by all the community support we are receiving, and are currently working hard to ensure Astoria gets a new dog run. We are presently preparing for the participatory budgeting process and collecting signatures on our petition to provide evidence of the community demand. We maintain a Facebook group, Astorians for a New Dog Park, to aid in the planning process, and always welcome input from the community (feel free to join our community).
The status of our efforts is constantly changing, so please check back frequently for the latest news! To learn more about ADOA, and our efforts, please use our menu to navigate our page.