September 29, By Christian Murray
The dilapidated dog run at Doughboy Park is expected to be revamped by March 2018, according to the Parks Department.
Construction on the dog run in Doughboy Plaza, located on Woodside Avenue between 54th and 56th streets, will be a joint effort conducted by the Parks Department and the School Construction Authority.
The Parks Department will install new stairs, fencing, and plantings to improve access to the dog run area. Meanwhile, the School Construction Authority will be upgrading the dog run itself. The dog run is currently a small, rocky space and is in need of being flattened, officials said.
The dog run was expected to be overhauled several years ago. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer allocating $250,000 toward the project in 2013.
However, the project was delayed since the dog run area was used by the SCA as a staging area for the construction of a new school building at P.S. 11, which is on an adjacent site. The school building opened this month. Since the SCA used the dog run as a staging area, it is doing much of the work.
“The existing dog run is not as good as we want it to be,” Van Bramer said when he announced the funding in 2012, adding that a lot of people in the neighborhood have dogs or like dogs. “It’s going to be great for our four-legged friends.”