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.