After a long hiatus while waiting for the city’s procurement process* to be completed, ADOA has finally reconvened, elected a new board (please welcome Alexia Vullis to our executive committee!), and received updates regarding the status of our park. According to the Park’s Department Capital Project Tracker, a contract has been secured and construction is set to begin in April 2018 (with completion of the project in April 2019). In response, ADOA’s executive committee is increasing our meeting schedule and will begin strategic planning for the park’s future. We hope to have more information for the community soon. Thank you to all the dog owners in Astoria, and all of our supporters, for the patience while we wait for the park to finally be built. We know it has been a long wait, and we are just as excited to see this project completed as anyone!
*the search for, hiring of, and completion of contracts with a contractor who will build the dog run for the city.
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!!!