participatory budgeting

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!

You Voted… WE WON!

We are very excited to announce that we received the outcome of the Participatory Budgeting vote last night, and we have won the funding to build a dog run in Astoria! It has been a years long fight that we joined last year, and it is finally our time. Thank you to all of our campaign sponsors, to our supporters, and to those who got out and voted for Proposal 13. We wouldn’t have been able to make this happen without you.

Please forgive us while we take the time to update our webpage, and while we figure out what the next steps are in the process towards getting the run built. We will continue to keep you all posted as we get more information. You can find the latest updates on Facebook, as well as here on our blog (as we take the time to reorganize our webpage and publish the latest information).

And, thank you again. This is a reality because of all of your help!!!ThankYou

Fundraising (And Social Media Update)

"Woof woof, bark bark, our dogs want a new park!" Basil and Delilah are ready for our campaign!

“Woof woof, bark bark, our dogs want a new park!”
Basil and Delilah are ready for our campaign!

It has been a very busy time here at ADOA!!! We finally launched our fundraiser; for every $5 you donate to our YouCaring page, your name will be entered once into a drawing to win some amazing prizes. The money will be allocated towards our Participatory Budgeting campaign (with the remainder being allocated to the park itself). The most recent list of prizes (since we continue to gain sponsors) are as follows:

Prize 1: from The Jumping Bulldog – Grooming certificate, 1 night of boarding, 2 days of daycare, holistic US treats, a chew toy, and a grooming product. from Astoria Pet Photography – 1 small dog portrait session. Prize 2: from Good to the Bone – (1) 1 hour private training session. Prize 3: from Camp Bow Wow – 5 days of doggy daycare Prize 4: from Astoria Park Wine & Spirits – $100 gift certificate Prize 5: from Inside Astoria – $100 gift certificate Prize 6: from Dog Liberty – 1 training session Prize 7: from Dog Liberty – 1 training session Prize 8: from Body Language Tattoo – $25 off coupon from Rams Dog Food – 3 containers of dog food. Prize 9: from NYC Pet Services– 2 nights of boarding, 2 days of daycare, 2 walks [Astoria area only], 1 bath Prize 10 [x3]: from Bubbles & Biscuits Paw Spa – 1 full grooming service & 1 day of daycare Prizes 11 [x2]: from Bubbles & Biscuits Paw Spa – 1 full grooming service Thank you to all these amazing local businesses for their support!!!

We also launched our Twitter account, where you can follow our campaign (along with our Facebook and Instagram pages, and right here on our website)

Updates from ADOA- Participatory Budgeting Campaign, and More

As we recently announced, our proposal for a new dog run in Triboro C has been approved and will be on the Participatory Budgeting ballot this year. In preparation, we will be campaigning in support of our initiative, in hopes of getting enough votes to have our project funded! We have a lot of work to do, since the voting period is only a month away. In preparation, we will be fundraising as well as working towards developing campaign strategies. We are looking for volunteers to help us get information about the voting process and our project our to Astorians in City Council District 22. Campaigning will take place leading up to voting in April (the 12th to the 18th), and the more people who can help, the better. A lot is riding on this vote; if we win, we receive the funding for our project. Since we already have Community Board 1’s approval, as well as broad community support, there is less red tape. We would be able to move forward with getting bids for the building of the park, and hopefully, building the park sooner than later. If we do not win the vote, we will have to find finding elsewhere.

In order to fund our campaign (including paying for fliers, t-shirts, bandanas for RaffleFlierour pups, etc.), we are also planning a raffle, with lots of fun prizes for us and our pups. Any leftover funds will go towards funding the run itself. If you are a local business owner, and interested in donating goods or services to our organization to raffle off, please contact us (you can email our chairman at billpeloquin@outlook.com or use our contact page to get in touch with us​). It is a great way to help the community and an advertising opportunity for your business/organization.

You can download our raffle flier here: RaffleHandout.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 10th, at 7pm. As usual, the meeting will be held at Shore Towers Condominium. At this time, we will be discussing fundraising (including our raffle), our PB campaign, and other matters related to the building of a dog run. As always, our meetings are open to the public. All are welcome! If you are interested in volunteering to help with our campaign, please attend!

You can see event details and RSVP (not that we require it) here.

Minutes from our last meeting are available on our Meetings page.

You can also contact us for more information, or find us on Facebook (we manage a Page or you can join our Group).

Exciting Updates!!!!

We have some amazing news here at Astoria Dog Owners Association! We made the Participatory Budgeting Ballot!!! Voting will be held between April 12th and April 18th. Keep an eye out for more information about our campaign, and where the voting locations will be. You can learn more about our campaign here.

In regards to planning the campaign, we have our next meeting on Wednesday March 4th, at 7pm. It will be held, as usual, in the Shore Towers Conference Room. All are welcome (it is an open/public meeting). Attend to learn more or get involved! Our chairman will also be attending the latest Astoria Park Alliance meeting tonight at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden on 24th Avenue. There, he will be providing updates on our progress towards getting this new dog run built. It too is an open meeting, so feel free to check it out! Astoria Park Alliance has been a huge supporter of ours, and we are grateful for their invitation tonight.

Latest Updates from ADOA

Happy New Year to everyone from all of us at ADOA!

We would like to thank all in attendance at last night’s meeting, we had a wonderful turn out! In addition to those working with ADOA, we would also like to thank Richard Khuzami, of Community Board 1 and president of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, for taking the time out of his busy schedule to meet with us and share some exciting news from his group.

Here are some details from last night’s discussion:

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING:

A new dog run in Astoria has made the short list of projects on the parks committee’s list. We should know sometime in February whether the proposal will make it on the PB Ballot for voting in April, 2015. If it does make the ballot, you will be seeing a lot more of us as we campaign for the initiative (please keep an eye out for details on how to get involved!). If not, ADOA will be determining new avenues to pursue in order to secure funding for our project.

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OLD ASTORIA NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION:

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association was formed to help address the issues facing the waterfront community in Astoria, and has been working towards improving the quality of life of Astoria’s residents and business owners. The group is presently in the process of securing 501c3 [non-profit] status. We have been in talks with the organization about how our groups can work together and provide mutual support towards furthering each of our missions. We are incredibly grateful for all the assistance we have received from them throughout the process of trying to get this park built.

Late last year, Old Astoria agreed to be the non-profit sponsor for our organization, which is a required step for Parks Department approval of dog runs, to ensure necessary maintenance occurs. Richard Khuzami has been an especially strong advocate for our cause, and as already mentioned, was in attendance at our most recent meeting. We were able to discuss with him  recent developments, and he shared with us Old Astoria’s plan to provide (in collaboration with several other groups) a temporary dog run to serve the community while we work towards securing capital funds to build a permanent park. The group has very generously agreed to also donate water access. Although this solution certainly doesn’t eliminate the need to engage in the Participatory Budgeting process, nor the need to secure funds in an alternate fashion should we not receiving funding from the PB vote, it will ensure dogs have a safe, secure place to play while we develop a more permanent space. While capital projects can take years to come to fruition, this temporary park could provide an alternative to off leash hours much sooner. A capital investment (such as one from Participatory Budgeting) will still be necessary to ensure a permanent space will be available for dogs and dog parents in the long term, as the temporary park will neither have all desirable amenities, nor be built in a space that can permanently house a run.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information on the difference between a temporary and permanent run, and why the temporary run cannot serve as the permanent solution to our problem, or if you have any other questions or comments about this process or partnership! Or, take a look at our group’s most recent minutes. We look forward to continuing to advocate for the dog community in Astoria through 2015 and beyond!

Welcome to ADOA’s Homepage!

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. DogParkFlierPage1DogParkFlierPage2