May 31, 2014 By Christian Murray
The dog run at Lou Lodati Park will be closed next week for repairs.
The popular dog run, located at Skillman Avenue and 44th Street, will be closed Monday (June 2) through Friday (June 7) in order for the existing surface to be repaved.
Rick Duro, president of the Sunnyside United Dog Society, said the surface started to chip away shortly after the dog run first opened 11 months ago and it has deteriorated since.
Duro, who was instrumental in seeing the dog run come to the neighborhood, said the contractor who did the job guaranteed the work for the year—so he is required to come back and fix it without charge to taxpayers.
The dog run will be closed for five days since the contractor needs several days of dry weather in order to do the job. Duro said it could take longer than the 5 days, although he was hopeful that would not be the case.
Duro said SUDS is happy with the type of surface that has been put down—known as cool pavement surface– and believes that its normal life expectancy is about 2 to 3 years.
Other surfaces, Duro said, such as wood chips get dirty and can harbor disease.