Puppy Playgroups on Saturdays

by Heather Van De Mark on

Since I started writing for GWAPP in 2012, the lack of a dog park/dog run on the northside of Greenpoint is an issue that repeatedly comes up. There are neighborhood dog parks (if I misuse the terminology–dog park vs dog run–my apologies) at McGolrick/Winthrop Park and McCarren Park. But for all the dog-loving residents north of Greenpoint Ave–and there are many, and probably even more to come when the towers come–they’re a bit SOL when it comes to giving their dogs a place to play.

I don’t bring you any new news on the state of dog parks in north brooklyn, other than what you might already be familiar with, such as East River State Park is getting a dog run thanks to Participatory Budgeting; a faux-feud transpired at Transmitter Park between dogs and babies; and at the Box St/Newtown Barge Parks listening session a dog park came up again and again.

But I do think it’s great that District Dog is scheduling playgroups for pups at McGolrick/Winthrop Park dog park for the next few weeks. Hopefully, it’ll become a regular thing. The main reason I’m behind this idea, considering I’m dog-less, is that this is a real issue for the community and hopefully getting together a lot of active, sociable dog owners might lead them to getting active and involved in community dog/pet politics (assuming they’re not already).

So, if you have a dog considering attending these play dates–even if, and especially if, you’re on the northside of Greenpoint.

Below are a few dog-oriented resources in the neighborhood: (all Facebook groups)

If you know of others, please, leave it in the comments below!

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.