2011-09-28 / Front Page

Improvements To Vernon Blvd. Dog Run Announced

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Sept. 20 that long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City have begun. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the park.
Renovations to the park and dog run include:
•More than double space in dog run from 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.
•Cleaned out, re-graded and leveled-off dog run with new dog-friendly gravel surface.
•New separate fenced-off areas for large and small dogs.
•New lighting.
•Drinking fountains for dogs and their owners.
•New covered trash cans.
•Railings to protect existing trees from dogs.
•Shade structures.
Gianaris said, “As more young families move to Long Island City, it is important that neighborhood amenities keep up with the positive changes taking place throughout the community. The refurbishment of this dog run is a reflection of Long Island City’s development as a hospitable, animal-loving community. I look forward to seeing Western Queens residents and their pets taking advantage of all this new dog run will offer.”
Construction is scheduled to last approximately two weeks after which the dog run will re-open. The shade structures will be added by mid-October.

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