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LIC welcomes new dog run at Gantry Plaza State Park

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Photos courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

Fido now has a new place to run free, all while enjoying the view of the Manhattan skyline.

A day after celebrating National Dog Day, the Long Island City community came together Thursday morning to officially open a new dog run at Gantry Plaza State Park — filled with amenities that will make any pooch and its owner enjoy their time at the park even more.

Located at Center Boulevard and 46th Road, the dog run features a beach pebble surface, a multi-user drinking fountain, sustainable hardwood seating, a stainless steel mesh fence mounted on a concrete curb, and a perimeter landscape buffer. There are also dog waste bags provided on site.

“The addition of Gantry Plaza State Park’s new versatile dog run provides Long Island City’s growing population of dog owners with increased access to open space in a park that has become one of New York City’s top destinations,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “As Long Island City continues to grow, it is important that we continue to provide families with the quality amenities they can enjoy for years to come in a great neighborhood that cherishes the companionship of its furry little friends.”

Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation worked with developer TF Cornerstone to design the $750,000 dog run and once going through community review, the project, which is funded by the Queens West Public Infrastructure Fund, began last spring.

The dog run, which is open 24 hours a day, replaces an area of the park previously used by dog owners but that featured no amenities for the owners or their four-legged friends.

“This revitalized area of the park provides a welcoming place for patrons to bring their pets to safely run around and enjoy the park. This new amenity addresses a need within the community and will benefit all park patrons by offering a maintained and aesthetically pleasing area for dogs,” Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said.


Handouts inform dog owners of LIC waterfront rules

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Images courtesy of DOG LIC

Two Long Island City groups have come together to help spread the word to dog owners visiting the waterfront parks on how they can help keep the neighborhood as a safe and responsible dog-friendly community.

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and DOG LIC, made up of local dog owners, have started to hand out postcards in the western Queens neighborhood informing people of “The Rules of the Road for Dog Owners.”

“Hunters Point Parks Conservancy was very pleased to partner with DOG LIC to help educate and promote proper dog ownership,” said Rob Basch, president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. “As stewards of both Hunters Point Park and Gantry Park, we recognize the need to clarify where dogs are allowed.”

In these postcards, which the groups have printed out over 5,000 copies, dog owners are advised where their furry friends are welcome along the waterfront and where they are not permitted.

For example, dogs are allowed at Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Gantry Plaza State Park Pier #1, Gantry Plaza State Park Garden, and the Anabel Basin Inlet along North Basin Road. However, they are not permitted at Gantry Plaza State Park north of Pier #1, the turf field and sandbox in Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park Piers #2, 3, and 4, or on the Community Sports Park Turf Field on Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue.

“We’re really trying to be responsible and help get the message out to the community,” said Jessica Masters, DOG LIC co-founder. “We thought if we could organize and get together this flier that we could start spreading the news of responsible dog ownership to keep the waterfront beautiful and a nice place for everyone to enjoy.”

Masters added that these postcards might help incoming residents who are new to the neighborhood and might be used to more dog-friendly rules found in other parts of the city.

The postcards, which were passed out during an event called “LIChenge” in May and can be found at local businesses, also remind dog owners that their pets must remain on a leash at all times and they must clean up after their dogs.

Pet owners are also advised of the locations of local dog runs where they can take their four-legged friends such as the Hunters Point South Dog Run, Vernon Boulevard Dog Run, Murray Playground Dog Run and New Dog Run.


Long Island City DOG RUN fetches upgrades

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Tails are wagging as renovations are underway at the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City. Major improvements are being made to enhance the look and safety of the dog run.
Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer partnered with the New York State Department of Parks and Dog Owner Group Long Island City (DOG LIC), a local advocacy group, last year to bring about their vision of a refurbished dog run.

All of the elected officials pointed to LIC’s ever-growing population as one of the main factors that pushed the renovation of the park.
“This new dog run will provide a much needed service for the many dog owners in the growing and vibrant neighborhood of Long Island City,” said Van Bramer.

The restorations, which will only close the park for approximately two weeks, include more than doubling the space of the dog run from 4,000 to 10,000 square feet. A new gravel surface will make it more suitable for dogs to run, and large and small dogs will have separate fenced-off areas in which to play. After an active day at the park, owners and their dogs will be able to refresh themselves at the drinking fountains being installed.
New light fixtures, covered trash cans and railings surrounding existing trees will not only protect the safety of the dogs, but also maintain the aesthetics of the dog run. Shade structures will also be added by mid-October.

“As more young families move to LIC, it is important that neighborhood amenities keep up with the positive changes taking place throughout the community, said Gianaris. “The refurbishment of this dog run is a reflection of LIC’s development as a hospitable, animal-loving community.”

“We expect the community of dogs and dog owners to run and play off-leash for many years to come,” said Rose Harvey, Department of Parks Commissioner, adding that these renovations will make vast improvements to the popular dog run, and are anticipated to benefit residents for a long time.