August 27, By Christian Murray
Long Island City’s newest dog run officially opened today, with elected officials cutting the ribbon.
The dog run, called Gantry Plaza Dog Run, is located between P.S./I.S. 78 and the Queens West Sports Field, with its only entrance on Center Boulevard.
Original designs put the entrance closer to the school, but plans were changed after pushback from parents, who felt the proximity put kids at risk.
The run features a beach pebble surface, hardwood benches, a canine drinking fountain, a stainless steel meshed fence and a perimeter landscaping buffer.
Dog waste bags are provided on the site.
The dog run is open to the public 24-hours a day.
The State Parks Department worked with TF Cornerstone on the design in consultation with the community, with construction on the $750,000 project starting in April. The funding came via Queens West Public Infrastructure Fund.
“Providing the growing neighborhood of LIC with more park space is one of my top priorities,” said State Sen. Mike Gianaris. “I am hopeful this new space will successfully balance the needs of our community members so parents, students and dog owners alike can welcome this addition to our neighborhood.”
Meanwhile, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said: “People are choosing to make Long Island City their permanent home because of great amenities like these.”