2013-02-22 / Top Stories

Dog Run Damaged By MTA,Waiting For Fix

By Miriam Rosenberg


Major ruts were left in the ground and a picnic table and shed were damaged at the Rockaway Freeway Dog Park by MTA construction vehicles. Major ruts were left in the ground and a picnic table and shed were damaged at the Rockaway Freeway Dog Park by MTA construction vehicles. First came Superstorm Sandy’s destruction, and then came damage from MTA machinery while work was being done on the nearby elevated A line tracks.

The Rockaway Freeway Dog Park on Beach 84th Street first sustained substantial harm late last year when most of the trees in the park were damaged by Sandy.

The MTA, using heavy construction vehicles in the park to aid in a project at the nearby subway tracks, left major ruts in the ground and damaged a bench and storage unit.

“The dog run was damaged during MTA repairs to the nearby A train tracks,” confirmed an NYC Parks Department spokesman.

Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the MTA said the ruts in the ground were caused by trucks turning out of the dog park. The damage occurred during an “ongoing project for track panel renewal north and south of the Beach 90th Street station.”


Before and After: How the Dog Park looked last June during an ARF ARF event. (Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.) Before and After: How the Dog Park looked last June during an ARF ARF event. (Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.) “We made prior arrangements with the approval of the Parks Department to place a crane and a tractor-trailer that carried the track panels to be lifted up to the track,” said Ortiz in an email.

“We attempted to repair the ruts, but the ground was too saturated. We have contacted the Parks Department and notified them that as soon as it dries up, we will repair the tire ruts.”

Karen Feuer of ARF ARF (Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness) talked about the MTA construction damage.

“After the storm we could still use the park,” said Feuer. “The Parks Department cleaned up the trees quickly.

What the MTA did made it unusable.”

While it is not definite when the dog run will reopen to the public, a Parks spokesperson said, “The dog run is not currently open. It is being repaired by the MTA and should reopen, weather depending, in the coming weeks.”

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