New Relocated 24 Hour Large Dog Run at Washington Sq Park Will Open End of May Along Washington Square South | Existing Large Dog Run Continues to Flood After Rain

Dog contemplates... water in dog run...

Dog contemplates…

This flooding situation has been a problem in Washington Square’s large dog run for awhile now and I gather that the Parks Department figured, at this point, they would wait for the new dog run to open – the new 24 hour dog run (that apparently nobody asked for) in a new location (which pretty much nobody wanted) – versus correcting whatever the problem is. These photos above are from Saturday (5-11) after two days of rain.

There is light at the end of the tunnel…?

The brand new dog run will be in a new spot, relocated along Washington Square South, and is expected to open at the end of May, per the Parks Department.

New Dog Run On the Way … Construction Almost Complete

Some history

In October 2011, one of the board members for the large dog run, Jena Tarleton, posted this comment below. It is worth reposting since the new dog run will be open soon and this explains some of the history and problems from the past and potentially in the future:

the truth is that the drainage for our current dog run was never installed properly, so it floods in every rain. Of course all of this is old news by now. But if you want some fresher news, here’s a scoop: Parks’ line about making the new dog run 24 hours because we wanted it is completely untrue. Even worse is their claim that they have to have the entrance into the run be on the outer perimeter of the park in order to meet “our” demands for a 24 hour dog run. This is painfully ironic to us because we’ve never asked for a 24 hour dog run (we have enough problems finding needles in the run every morning without it being open 24 hours), and we fought to the bitter end not to have *any* entrance into the run from the parks’ perimeter, because every now and then a dog darts through someone’s legs as they enter or exit and gets out. Right now it isn’t much of a problem, because they end up in the middle of the park where they can be grabbed easily. But if there is an entrance directly onto the street, we are certain to have a number of dog fatalities. The truth is that Parks doesn’t want the big dogs inside WSP, and they think that if they make the entrance to the dog run on the outer perimeter of the park, it will cut down the number of dogs coming into the park.

Why was the Parks Department so insistent on having a 24 hour dog run and an entrance from the street? Was it to limit the number of dogs? Was this re-designer George Vellonakis’s idea or did it come from higher up?

(A bit behind, but Phase III construction update is coming…)

Photos: Cathryn