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.”
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.