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New Prospect Park dog-run plans revealed!

Day at the park: A look at people and their pooches enjoying the dog pen.
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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.

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
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to note funding also came via the Borough President.
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Reasonable discourse

Toonie from Staten Island says:
I have cats - why is everything for dogs? Dogs don't belong in apartments - stop encouraging them!
March 28, 2017, 10:21 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
As long as the no leash rule still applies from 9pm-9am in the park, dog owners will be supportive.
March 28, 2017, 4:31 pm
J. Nimble from Ditmas Park says:
Something about this smells bad... no pun intended. It was supposed to be completed at least a year ago, according to earlier announcements, but they're still publishing these self-congratulatory "updates". Two years to complete? And the clock just started ticking... again? And this after the funding is supposedly in place? Under the most extreme circumstances, it shouldn't take two years to grade a flat piece of land, plant some shrubs, and erect fences. Seems like some major mismanagement... or worse. Time will tell, but my dog will be a senior by the time this place is done.
Aug. 28, 2017, 3:37 am

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