2011-10-12 / Features

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opens Renovated Dog Run


State Senator Michael Gianaris is joined by (L. to r.); Tiffani Minatel of DOG LIC, QWDC President Paul Januszewski, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and State Parks Commissioner Rachel Gordon at the opening of the newly renovated Vernon Boulevard Dog Run. State Senator Michael Gianaris is joined by (L. to r.); Tiffani Minatel of DOG LIC, QWDC President Paul Januszewski, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and State Parks Commissioner Rachel Gordon at the opening of the newly renovated Vernon Boulevard Dog Run. State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 6 for the refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), state Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, worked together since last year to secure funding for the much-needed renovation to the dog run and are pleased to finally announce the renewed run is open and ready for use.

“Dog lovers rejoice! The new Vernon Boulevard Dog Run makes clear that Long Island City is a pet friendly community. As Western Queens continues to grow and develop more resources for community use, I encourage everyone to visit this new dog run and experience for themselves all the great things this park and the surrounding neighborhood have to offer.”

Renovations to the park and dog run included:

•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. •Drinking fountains for dogs and their owners. •New lighting. •New covered trash cans. •Railings to protect existing trees from dogs.

•Shade structures.

The drinking fountains were scheduled for installation on October 7 and the shade structures are to be added later this month.

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