Council Member Costa Constantinides

Design for the Dog Run Release by the City

On August 5th, 2016, Councilmember Costa Constantinides’ office released the Parks Department’s plans for the new dog run in Astoria’s Triborough Playground C. These plans were approved by the Astoria Dog Owners Association earlier this summer during a private meeting with the park’s stakeholders.

The whimsical design includes all of our requested amenities, along with a blue/green color scheme and a large dog bone painted in the middle of the park. 

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Amenities will include:

  • Drinking water for dogs and people;
  • A double gated entry;
  • Separate small and large dog runs;
  • Sprinklers in the shape of fire hydrants for dogs to play in on hot days;
  • A storage locker for maintenance supplies;
  • Climbing rocks;
  • 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!!!


 

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Big Announcements- A press conference, a final budget, and more.

On Friday, September 25th, Astoria Dog Owners Association joined Council Member Costa Constantinides, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Parks Department representatives, Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, and the Astoria Park Alliance at a press conference (the press release can be found here), to officially announce that Astorians will be getting their very first dog run. We have been incredibly grateful for our public officials’ generous allocation of funds towards this initiative, and are proud of our community for pulling together and making sure our voices were heard.

Source: Melinda Katz via We Heart Astoria

Source: Melinda Katz via We Heart Astoria

With a budget of $1M (between the $500,000 allocated thanks to participatory budgeting and our Councilman, and an additional $500,000 from our Borough President and State Senator), we will certainly be able to build a state of the art dog run that Astorians can be proud of, and more importantly, feel safe bringing our dogs to. While the estimated cost sounds quite large, we have been told by our officials that issues such as water access will be expensive to resolve, and we trust their expertise on the matter of funding these projects.

The next steps will be for the city to begin the bidding and design phase, and then to receive community feedback. Astoria Dog Owners Association will be working closely with the city, especially during the feedback stage, to ensure the needs of our community are met by the approved design. We have been told the estimate for the opening of the park could be a couple of years out, but we will be keeping the community advised. Astoria Dog Owners Association is very excited to sit down with all parties involved and begin moving this project we have all fought so hard for forward.

About a year ago, our community met in a back room at a local beer garden to discuss a petition put together by our chairman Bill Peloquin. Today, we are finally on the verge of getting a dog run built here in Astoria. What a difference a year and a lot of hard work makes. And we wouldn’t be here without all of you.

Thank you everyone for helping make a difference!