Sunday, March 19, 2017
WHERE DOGS CAN RUN FREELY
These drawings, newly created by the Landscape Architecture and Design team of the Prospect Park Alliance, illustrate what the Kensington Dog Run will look like when it opens in the Parade Ground.
In this fenced-in area on Coney Island Avenue at Kermit Place, dogs will be allowed off-leash during the day, supplementing the areas of Prospect Park where dogs are allowed off-leash only early in the morning and late at night.
Bids for construction will begin fairly soon, a contractor will be selected, and work will begin. The project will take about two years, if everything goes according to plan.
Before any of that can happen, the design has to be presented at upcoming community board meetings for the boards' approval. When the Kensington Dog Run Association members find out the dates and locations of the meetings, they'll announce them.
The project is a grassroots effort. It's been able to reach this point because a few years ago, dog owners in the neighborhood started talking with each other about their desire for a nearby dog run.
They chatted individually, they met as a group, they formed the Kensington Dog Run Association, they became a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, they collaborated with the Parks Department and the Prospect Park Alliance, they built community support, and they searched for and secured funding.
The cost of the dog run is fully covered, thanks to Participatory Budgeting funds from Councilmember Mathieu Eugene of District 40 and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams' capital allocations, with the balance coming from Councilmember Brad Lander of District 39.
Kensington Dog Run