Addabbo Seeks Input On Dog Run For Rockaway
A dog run is in the works for the western half of Rockaway, and the area's City Council representative has scheduled a meeting in September so that the public can find out more and cast a vote for one of the two potential locations.
Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. told The Wave this week that he met with key personnel from the Department of Parks and Recreation in July and that a dog run is a likely new addition.
"I believe that the Parks Department was actually in support of a dog park in Rockaway," Addabbo said. "It's likely that the only issue is where to place it."
The first spot under consideration is located between Beach 103 and 104 Streets on Shore Front Parkway - an old shuffle board court in between the boardwalk and one of the former bush shelters in the shape of a wave. The site, which already has benches and most of the fencing that would be needed, has about 4,500 square feet and is directly across from the playground on the sand.
The second site being eyed is the Rockaway Freeway Park, located east of Beach 84 Street where the freeway joins with Beach Channel Drive. The site, which usually goes unused, is more remote than the one on Shore Front Parkway but offers 8.6 acres (more than 80 times more space that on Shore Front Parkway) where dogs could roam free. Only a maintenance crew was present when the Wave stopped by this week.
Addabbo said the cost of the dog run should be relatively low. "It's not going to cost millions," he said. "It's within Parks' budget." And, he said, the recipe for a dog run is simple: Fencing, benches and a surface for the dogs to run around on. Other dog runs in the city have tiled or pebble surfaces and even have plastic bag dispensers for doggie waste.
The public meeting on the dog run is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 7-9 p.m., at the Beach Club, on Beach 116 Street. Addabbo also encouraged people to call his office at (718) 318-6411 or to e-mail him at Addabbo@Council.NYC.NY.US