The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
(718) 274-4500

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2016
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Community Groups & Elected Officials Support Triborough Playground C Upgraded Design

Astoria, N.Y. – Renovations will soon begin at Triborough Bridge Playground C, including a new dog run and an upgraded basketball court.

The upgrade project was a winning Participatory Budgeting ballot proposal in spring 2015 – community residents voted in favor of building a new dog run at Triborough Playground C. The proposal garnered the second-most votes out of 20 projects with thousands of community residents weighing in.

The design for the dog run area features different play areas for dogs, including a variety of rocky mounds and a spray fire hydrant feature for cooling down. The play areas for larger dogs and smaller dogs will be distinctly separated. There will be a locker to store supplies and a water source for a hose hook-up that will help in maintaining cleanliness. New bench seating will be installed. The design includes a new bright color scheme with a focal point in the shape of a dog bone.

The design for the upgrades basketball area features new hoops and rims, improved court paint markings, and new seating. The dog run area will be separated from the basketball court area by a tall fence.

Borough President Melinda Katz, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Member Costa Constantinides, Community Board 1, Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, and Astoria Dog Owners Association praised the design plans. The community stakeholders issued a statement of support.

“The planned upgrades at Triborough Playground C will bring many benefits to our community. We look forward to enjoying the improved basketball court and the brand new dog run. The innovative design includes a variety of play areas for dogs, a new color scheme with a dog bone focal point, and an improved basketball court. We’re pleased with the design plans and look forward to an on-time completion of this community-awaited capital project,” they said. (Quote attributed to: Borough President Katz, Senator Gianaris, Council Member Constantinides, Queens Community Board 1 Chair Joseph Risi, Old Astoria Neighborhood Association Vice President Kevin Hernandez, and Astoria Dog Owners Association Chairman Robert Kirby.)

This will be the first designated dog run in Astoria. The project will go into procurement in January 2017, with the one-year construction process tentatively planned to begin in summer 2017.