New Prospect Park dog-run plans revealed!

New Prospect Park dog-run plans revealed!
Prospect Park Alliance

They’re on cloud canine!

Designs for the long-awaited Prospect Park Parade Grounds dog run are out, and locals say they’re everything they wanted and more.

“They were beyond my wildest dreams,” said Sal Garro, who is the president of the Kensington Dog Run Association and proud owner of terrier-greyhound-mix pooch Pocky. “We were all kind of amazed how they saw our vision so clearly and just drew it out almost to a T.”

Members of the group and the Prospect Park Alliance worked together to design the amenity for the green space at Coney Island Avenue at Kermit Place, and then architects put their vision down on paper.

The doggie oasis will boast separate areas for small and big dogs, benches on the perimeter for humans, and synthetic grass made especially for paws.

In the works: A birds-eye view of the new Kensington dog run.
Prospect Park Alliance

Residents have been pushing for the play area for years, and the Kensington Dog Run Association finally received $640,000 in taxpayer funding from Borough President Adams, Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D–Crown Heights), and Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope) in April to make it happen.

The actual opening is still a ways off. The city still has to okay the plan, then the alliance will have to find a contractor, and then actually build the thing — a process Garro estimates will take around two years.

But once it finally arrives, Pocky is going to love it, he says.

“She’s got a lot of energy,” he said. “We live in a one-bedroom so this is going to be her heaven I’m sure.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Day at the park: A look at people and their pooches enjoying the dog pen.
Prospect Park Alliance