2015-09-30 / Features

Officials Announce $1M In Funding For Astoria Dog Park


State Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilman Costa Constantinides, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced the allocation of $1 million of discretionary capital funding to build a dog park in Astoria. State Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilman Costa Constantinides, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced the allocation of $1 million of discretionary capital funding to build a dog park in Astoria. Officials announced on September 25 the allocation of $1 million of discretionary capital funding to build a dog park in Astoria. The funding was allocated as part of the FY16 city budget.

As part of Participatory Budgeting, Councilman Costa Constantinides (Astoria) allocated $500,000 to build a dog park at Triborough Lot C under the RFK Bridge. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz also allocated $500,000 from her FY16 discretionary capital funds toward the project. This additional funding will add to the potential scope of the dog run construction. There is currently no officially designated dog park in Astoria.

Constantinides said, “Building a new dog run will bring great benefits to the entire community. This lot will be a designated place where dogs can play safely and share full enjoyment with their owners. I am especially proud to know that our residents selected this project through Participatory Budgeting and that the community showed support for it. I thank Borough President Melinda Katz and Senator Gianaris for additional funding that will add to the features at the site. I look forward to working with the Astoria Dog Owners Association and with community members as this project is implemented.”

Katz said, “In a borough of families, dogs are very much a part of many New York families’ lives. The Astoria Dog Park will become the newest public treasure in the neighborhood, offering a safe environment for families to enjoy with their four-legged family members. Special thanks to Councilmember Constantinides for his leadership and civic groups like the Astoria Dog Owners Association and the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association for their perseverance and patience.”

“Providing our growing neighborhood with additional park space is one of my top priorities, and this new dog run will create needed open space for dog lovers,” said state Senator Michael Gianaris. “As we continue to invest in our parks for the benefit of all neighborhood residents, today’s efforts will help bring a new safe and enjoyable place for our community.”

“NYC Parks is committed to providing New Yorkers and their pets with safe, fun spaces to play,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “The funding commitment announced today is an important first step in creating Astoria’s first official dog run.”

The officials were joined by Community Board 1, members of the Astoria Dog Owners Association, and the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association. The groups will help maintain the cleanliness at the dog park.

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