Long Island City Dog Run gets second lease on life

Michael Gianaris

September 29, 2011

Yournabe.com reported on the recent renovations on the Vernon Blvd. Dog Run in Long Island City.

A dog run off Vernon Boulevard that has for some time been a green-and-brown fenced-off lot will more than double in size and sport numerous amenities after construction finishes.


The updated run will also include drinking fountains for both dogs and people, new lighting, new covered trash cans, railings which will protect the existing trees from dogs and shade structures, Gianaris’ office said.

“The refurbishment of this dog run is a reflection of Long Island City’s development as a hospitable, animal-loving community,” the senator said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing western Queens residents and their pets taking advantage of all this new dog run will offer.”

The refurbishment came about through a partnership between the Queens West Development Corp. and the state Parks Department. Anna Adams-Sarthou, spokeswoman for Gianaris, said the construction costs are $150,000, paid by Queens West.


Gianaris, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and the 400-member advocacy group Dog Owner Group Long Island City all have been pushing for the project, Harvey said.

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