April 13, 2015 By Christian Murray
The New York State Parks Department is about to start construction on a new dog run located by Center Boulevard–sandwiched between the P.S./I.S. 78Q building and the Queens West Sports Field.
Fences were erected about a week ago and construction is about to start shortly.
The state expects the dog run to be completed by mid-July, according to officials. It would be the fifth run in the neighborhood—with one at Vernon Boulevard and 48th Avenue, another at Hunters Point South, one at Murray Playground and a tiny one by Anabel Basin that was constructed by TF Cornerstone.
“As Long Island City continues to grow I remain focused on ensuring our parks and open spaces keep pace so our neighborhood remains livable, and this new dog run will help us make that true for our four-legged friends as well,” said State Sen. Mike Gianaris, in a statement.
The entrance to the dog run will be near Center Blvd, according to the most recent plans and a construction supervisor who was on site today. Under the original plans, the entrance was closer to the school. Parents pushed back against the initial plan arguing that it put children at risk.
However, a compromise was reached.
“I thank New York State Parks and TF Cornerstone for doing their best to balance the needs and concerns of all members of our community and I thank the residents of Long Island City for coming together and collaborating responsibly on this plan,” Gianaris said.
“I am hopeful that parents, students and pet owners alike will be pleased with this addition to our neighborhood.”
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