2005-10-14 / Editorial/Opinion

Dogs Do It! Why Not In Rockaway?

The question of why there are 40 dog runs in New York City, two of them on beaches in Brooklyn, while there are none in Rockaway is perhaps not as important or as compelling as some of the other issues The Wave tackles in its editorials, but to many local residents it is a question that begs an answer from the Department of Parks and Recreation. Dyker Beach has a dog run and so does Manhattan Beach. There are seven dog runs in Queens in parks and playgrounds. Despite the fact that Rockaway residents have been lobbying for a dog run for years, there has been no action on a run for Rockaway. As far as we can tell, there has not even been a discussion in that direction. A group of Rockaway Park residents have been using the unused roller skating rink at Beach 108 Street and Shore Front Parkway as an ad hoc dog run. It has the benefit of being large and fenced-in the two requisites for a good dog run. It is owned by the Parks Department and the venue could easily be turned into a first-class run. We have been told, however, that the group that previously used the facility, the Rockaway Rockies, will soon be back in action. If that is true, then Parks should look elsewhere, perhaps on the beach at the same location, to build a run. If areas of the beach can be fenced in to protect Piping Plovers and a playground named for a local politician can be built on the beach, why not a dog run? City Councilman Joseph Addabbo is on the Parks Committee and has helped Rockaway obtain a skate park further east on Shore Front Parkway. Perhaps he should get on the phone to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and find out why Rockaway is once again left out in the cold as far as park amenities are concerned.

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