East River State “Bark”? Proposed Dog Run for Park

by Mark Sallinger on

VOLUNTEER! SPREAD THE WORD! VOTE!

We Need Your Help to Make The East River State Park Dog Run a Reality! The Friends of East River State Park has submitted a proposal through the Participatory Budgeting Program (PBNYC) to design and construct a dog run in the northeast corner of East River State Park. Only the top 5 proposals in District 33 will be funded, as voted on by residents.

LOCATION
A fenced-in 6,000 square foot space in the northeast corner of East River State Park. The remainder of the State Park will retain its “No Dog” Policy.

PROPOSAL
A State-of-the-Art Dog Run featuring:

  • A double-gated entry system on Kent Avenue
  • Separate areas for large and small dogs
  • Permeable, easy-to-clean artificial turf designed specifically for dogs
  • Seating for owners
  • Shade trees and structures
  • A water supply for dogs

The establishment of a dog owners’ group and oversight committee to ensure that the dog run is well-maintained and that owners abide by posted rules. This group would also be responsible for soliciting volunteers and private funding for the on-going maintenance of the dog run.

BENEFITS

  • Provides a clean, safe recreational space for dogs and their owners.
  • Transforms underutilized space in East River State Park.
  • Encourages community-building among dog owners and fosters more responsible pet ownership.
  • Re-activates waterfront green space and protects the rights of park users by preventing off-leash dogs from infringing on their activities.
  • Improves sanitation issues on neighborhood streets and in landscaped areas.

VOLUNTEER

  • Raise Awareness: Handout flyers to dog owners, local businesses, L train commuters.
  • PR: Help us reach out to local media and craft a press release.
  • Social Media Marketing: Design a microsite or Facebook page for our campaign.
  • Print flyers: Print flyers at your home or office or donate to help us cover costs.
  • Get Out the Vote: Man the voting table or handout flyers during voting hours.

SPREAD THE WORD

  • Pick up flyers from a campaign rep or print them yourself
  • Handout flyers to everyone you see, especially dog owners

VOTE
In Williamsburg you can vote at The People’s Firehouse (113 Berry Street between N. 7th and N. 8th)

  • Monday, April 1st – Thursday, April 4th. 6-8pm
  • Saturday, April 6th. 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, April 7th. 10-6pm

*** bring proof of residency. ID, ConEd bill, etc.

Click here for a full list of voting locations throughout the District 33.

As part of the Participatory Budget (PBNYC) program for Councilman Levin’s District 33, the Friends of East River State Park (FERSP) have submitted a proposal to design and build a dog run in the northeast corner of the East River State Park located at 90 Kent Ave. between N. 8th and 9th Streets in North Williamsburg. The proposal is jointly coordinated by Alexandra Broenniman, Mark Sallinger and Jackie Meyer.

Mark, a Certified Financial Planner®, has lived in North Williamsburg for 5 years and is an active member of the community. He is a member of the FERSP Committee and sits on the NAG Board. A dog-owner of a 3-year old husky/shepherd mix named Skye, Mark is drawn to this project in order provide Skye and other dogs a safe environment to get exercise and play. Moreover, the project will re-purpose a largely unused portion of the park. Alexandra, also a member of the FERSP Committee, co-chairs the Friends of the Northside Waterfront. While not a dog owner, however, she is equally passionate about the project. She has seen the number of unleashed dogs along the waterfront grow often infringing upon the space of non-dog owners. This is an opportunity to provide cleaner streets and reclaim grassy areas for families and recreational use. Jackie, a co-founder of FERSP, believes the dog run will provide much needed capital improvements to the park and increase its draw. Karen Phillips, the NY State Parks Regional Director, is delighted that the State’s no dog policy will be lifted for the proposed dog run and is supportive to earmark several thousand square feet of this seven acre park should funding become a reality.

Together, they believe the funding of the dog run will provide benefits to the community as a whole, dog and non-dog owners alike. This is a community effort and FERSP is asking for a strong turnout on the voting days. This project is among 15 others vying for the funds. The submissions receiving the most votes will receive funding. Your voice counts! For voting dates and times at a location near you, please visit: http://gwapp.org/2013/03/participatory-budgeting-election-calendar/

The proposed dog run is supported by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Senator Daniel Squadron, Friends of the Northside Waterfront, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, The Edge and Northside Piers Tower One.

Mark Sallinger

Mark Sallinger

Mark, a Certified Financial Planner®, has lived in North Williamsburg for 5 years and is an active member of the community. He is a member of the FERSP Committee and sits on the NAG Board. A dog-owner of a 3-year old husky/shepherd mix named Skye, Mark is drawn to this project in order provide Skye and other dogs a safe environment to get exercise and play.

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