The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
September 25, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon
Officials Announce $1 Million in Funding for Astoria Dog Park
Astoria, N.Y. – Officials today announced the allocation of $1 Million of discretionary capital funding to build a dog park in Astoria. The funding was allocated as part of the FY ‘16 city budget.
As part of Participatory Budgeting, Council Member Costa Constantinides (Astoria) allocated $500,000 to build a dog park at Triborough Lot C under the RFK Bridge. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz also allocated $500,000 from her FY16 discretionary capital funds toward the project. This additional funding will add to the potential scope of the dog run construction. There is currently no officially designated dog park in Astoria.
Constantinides said, “Building a new dog run will bring great benefits to the entire community. This lot will be a designated place where dogs can play safely and share full enjoyment with their owners. I am especially proud to know that our residents selected this project through Participatory Budgeting and that the community showed support for it. I thank Borough President Melinda Katz and Senator Gianaris for additional funding that will add to the features at the site. I look forward to working with the Astoria Dog Owners Association and with community members as this project is implemented.”
Borough President Katz said, “In a borough of families, dogs are very much a part of many New York families’ lives. The Astoria Dog Park will become the newest public treasure in the neighborhood offering a safe environment for families to enjoy with their four-legged family members. Special thanks to Councilmember Constantinides for his leadership and civic groups like the Astoria Dog Owners Association and the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association for their perseverance and patience.”
“Providing our growing neighborhood with additional park space is one of my top priorities, and this new dog run will create needed open space for dog lovers,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “As we continue to invest in our parks for the benefit of all neighborhood residents, today’s efforts will help bring a new safe and enjoyable place for our community.”
“NYC Parks is committed to providing New Yorkers and their pets with safe, fun spaces to play,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “The funding commitment announced today is an important first step in creating Astoria’s first official dog run.”
The officials were joined by Community Board 1, members of the Astoria Dog Owners Association, and the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association. The groups will help maintain the cleanliness at the dog park.
Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.