The following is the proposal submitted to the Parks Department by the Participatory Budgeting Parks committee, and is the same proposal voted on during the April 2015 Participatory Budgeting Session. We have since received additional funding, and a design from the Parks department. You can learn more here.
“Creation of a Dog Run at Triborough Park C
The following is a brief list of proposed features for a dog run built in Triborough Park lot C, which presently is in disrepair and frequently left locked. Presently, there are no safe and enclosed spaces for dogs to run off leash in Astoria. A group has already been formed (the Astoria Dog Owners Association) that will work in collaboration with the non-profit Old Astoria Neighborhood Association to maintain the park (both cleaning and ensuring necessary maintenance is conducted to keep the park in good repair and safe).
The following features would be necessary for a basic dog run:
- A high perimeter fence (which is already present on site, and may be usable in current state).
- Benches for human use (which are already present on site, and may be usable in current state)
- Double gated entry point(s) to ease transitions into the park
- Water access (which may be possible through tapping Triborough B’s water source according to several sources), to provide drinking water (which could be provided through water bowls, a water fountain, or a fillable trough)
- Storage container for cleaning equipment (e.g. pooper-scoopers), and garbage bins, as well as for baggies to permit parents to clean up after their pets. Multiple sites for storage of bags and garbage bins are desirable to ensure ease in cleaning up after pets, while only one storage container for cleaning supplies would be necessary (unless separate sections for large and small dogs are built in which case two storage areas are desirable).
- Rules of conduct
The following features are desirable, but may not be necessary:
- Separate spaces and entry points for large and small dogs are also desirable to allow for safe and comfortable play. A fence splitting the park in two and building separate double gates at two of the many entrances to the playground would permit this to be done. In this case, it would be preferable to have two separate storage bins for cleaning equipment (e.g. pooper-scoopers)
- Lighting to permit use of space after dark, brighten a dark stretch along Hoyt Avenue (North and South are poorly lit and lighting within the park will brighten the general area), and curb likelihood of crime
- 3. Resurfacing of the park using an easy to clean, durable material that remains cool in the summer
- A hose connection for the water source to spray down (thus cleaning) surfaces
Additionally, and cost permitting, the following items are desirable but certainly not necessary:
- Other landscaping features that would be engaging, but safe for dogs without obstructing sight lines. For instance: sprinklers, pools, climbing features, dog safe plants/trees.”