A dog run that would primarily serve residents on the southern side of Queens Blvd is in the planning stages, according to Sam Vargas, a community liason for Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan.
The proposed dog run would be on 43rd Street and Laurel Hill Blvd., directly across the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (in area called the Spiral), Vargas said. The run would be split in two sections: one for small dogs (which would be 25 yards x 50 yards); and the other for larger breeds (25 yards x75 yards).
Vargas said that the proposal would need to be approved by Community Board 2 and the Park’s Dept. He is confident that both would give the plan the thumbs up and the dog run would be completed by spring 2010. However, he said, fencing would be required given its proximity to the BQE, which would cost approximately $2,000, of which 50% could come from Nolan’s office and the remainder from the new councilman’s office.
Vargas said that the dog run at Doughboy Park in Woodside (52nd Street, off Skillman Ave.) is likely to be closed, since residents have not been happy with the way it has been kept and want it to become part of the greater park again.
As for discussions for a dog run at Torsney Park (43rd and Skillman), he said he has not been involved in those, but doubts that it would happen–since it’s an actively used park. And councilman elect Jimmy Van Bramer, in a recent interview, said he was not going to advocate for changes to the park in the short term.