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Work starts on long-delayed Kensington Dog Run

Paw-some: Elected leaders and park honchos gathered on July 29 to celebrate the coming of the new Kensington Dog Run.
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Kings County animal lovers gathered at the Prospect Park Parade Grounds on Monday to celebrate the long delayed ground breaking of the Kensington Dog Run — a new park dedicated solely to man’s best friend.

“As a dog parent myself, I look forward to having this great new space where dogs and neighbors can come to exercise and mingle,” said Sue Donoghue, president of Prospect Park Alliance. “Prospect Park Alliance is excited to create this new amenity for the benefit of our four-legged friends and our community.”

The 7,000-square-foot, fenced-in play space will provide local dog owners a spot to let Fido off leash, and boasts separate areas for large and small dogs, along with an innovate new synthetic grass designed to be softer on tender paws, according to the Alliance.

“Sometimes, it’s Parks’ business to make sure dogs can do their business,” said Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Martin Maher. “This project is an example of great design and project management by the Prospect Park Alliance, and will be a fantastic asset to the community.”

The dog run — which is set to open at the Parade Ground near Coney Island Avenue and Kermit Place next June — had been years in the making and suffered months-long delays.

Resident dog lovers formed the Kensington Dog Run Association to advocate for construction of a new dog run in 2015, after Parks Department officials refused to sanction an ad-hoc dog run at nearby Greenwood Playground, citing unfavorable conditions including inadequate drainage and exposed roots.

The Parade Ground project suffered setbacks in November 2018, when the city’s chosen contractor suddenly dropped out of the project, stalling construction by more than half a year as the Parks Department scrambled to find another builder.

Now that the shovel has finally hit the dirt, the project is expected to be completed in one year, according to the Alliance, which claims the dog run will cost taxpayers $405,000.

That’s more than the $370,000 price tag the Parks Department gave online, but less than the $640,000 the agency claimed the park would cost in 2017.

Reps for the Parks Department and the Alliance did not immediately respond to address the pricing discrepancy.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Posted 12:00 am, July 30, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Dun and Dunner says:
Can't believe we'd waste valuable Park land that's in short supply on a dog run. Dogs aren't even permitted in a Park and serve no public good there so why then are we allocating space there for them? Hope Park's has assigned someone to pick up the dun as the doers aren't going to do it and I'm not interested in smelling it when I walk past it RIGHT THERE along Coney Island Ave!
July 30, 2019, 8:50 am
Barry from Kenya says:
I hate dogs!
July 30, 2019, 11:22 am
Puppy lovers from Brooklyn says:
We hate you more Barry from Kenya
July 30, 2019, 12:02 pm
Justin from Kensington says:
Love the FUR BAN NYC shirts Yaaaaaassssssss
July 30, 2019, 12:03 pm
Yvette from Kensington says:
Ugh, another dog run, terrible. and once those few people get in there they get entrenched and more and more tax $ goes to their thing, smelly too.
July 30, 2019, 1:13 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
I hate women even more.
July 30, 2019, 3:02 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
I hate blacks even more than that!
July 30, 2019, 3:02 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Henry Ford is locked away in a facility for abusing the family pup and went thru his meds with a week left until Obamacare let’s him refill, so that explains his comments impersonating me.
July 30, 2019, 4:55 pm
Honey says:
That’s a lot of pooter-tootin’ dogs!
July 30, 2019, 5:36 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
I never got caught abusing the family pup, I do it when mother isn't home.
July 30, 2019, 6:34 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
And the neighbors cat, I was balz deep in that tabby this afternoon.
July 30, 2019, 6:41 pm
Elizabeth from Prospect Heights says:
Someone at BP really needs to moderate these comments. I cannot believe the hatred. I am thrilled about this new dog run. My dog and I can't wait to go once it's finished!! Our dogs deserve it and nothing less!
July 30, 2019, 10:25 pm
Sir Wendell Pettybone III from Billionaires Row says:
Move to the country or the suburbs if you have a dog, the city is no place for these critters (unless you have a huge townhouse with backyard where it can roam around)
July 31, 2019, 5:47 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
Elizabeth, I totally agree with you. Dog runs are good for the neighborhood as so many in Brooklyn have dogs. The dog run in Dyker Heights is very clean (not at all smelly) and serves as a great meeting place for neighbors many of whom have dogs. I live in Sheepshead Bay and we are hoping for one here. You will find many in Brooklyn in favor.
Aug. 8, 2019, 2:55 pm

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