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Last year, Councilmember Vincent Gentile announced that he had secured $850,000 to renovate the Dyker Beach and Owls Head dog runs. Owls Head will get $200,000, which is earmarked for gravel, benches and WATER! The remaining $650,000 will go towards converting the Dyker Beach run into an official Parks dog run.
In May, Parks submitted its plan for Owls Head to Community Board #10 and it was approved unanimously.
The downside: the renovations will occur during peak "dog time" at Owls Head. As it stands now, the dog run will be closed from Spring 2013 until sometime in the fall.
Hi there! My name is Regan Jaye Fishman director for the second annual Brooklyn Mutt Show, at the Brooklyn Lyceum this coming March 26th and 27th. The Brooklyn Mutt show is a Snootiness-Free celebration of all mixed breed dogs, with categories such as "Best Kisser" "Best ears" and, in what we think is a Dog Show first the "Snook-a-Like" contest, that is, for the dog that most resembles Jersey Shore's Snooki. (owners are encouraged to come dressed as other members of the cast...Kardashians are also acceptable. Entrance is $25 Dollars which will benefit the Toby Project (http://www.tobyproject.org/) We are encouraging Foster Parents bring their pups to compete in categories, free of charge, in the hopes of finding them forever homes. I will announce their adoption info when they walk and in addition to the gift bag of dog swag all contestants get, and a medal and/or honorable mention ribbon, there will be copious hugs and snorgles and on-site training tops from thedoggieacademy.com! I think it might be a great way to get the word out about your dogs, to encourage people to foster and to help some of those pups find their forever folks. Thank you so much for your time! Regan Jaye Convention Director Brooklyn Lyceum (646) 228 3563
The ground is a little rough from construction and hard as a rock from the weather. There are also a lot of rocks and some broken glass, which wasn't unexpected given how long it's been closed.
However, there are no amenities, like benches. This contradicts what an official from Parks told us we would get if there was a renovation of the dog run. It looks like all we got was a fence, one less tree and a narrower area for the dogs to play in.
I received this in the Barks mailbag today:
Hi there!! My name is Regan Jaye Fishman, convention director for the historic Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope. I just wanted to give you a heads up that, as part of our 3rd annual Lyceum Holiday Marketplace, this coming Dec 18th and 19th, we will be offering pet photos with Santa Paws!!! From 12pm until 6, market going mutts and their people can meet up with Santa Paws, dress up in fun holiday costumes and take a fun photo to send to friends or just keep as a treasured memory. Photos are $10 or FREE w/proof of a market purchase (even if its just a postcard we want to make sure people stop by and see our hardworking local vendors before taking off into the night) There will be treats and water for the pups (Cats are absolutely welcome too just be aware they may kill you in your sleep if you try to dress them up) and LOTS of fun activities for the People (safe cracking! batting cages...and IPAD raffle!!) Regan Jaye Fishman Brooklyn Lyceum
This won't be news to those who have visited the dog run over the past few days and seen the signs posted there.
Given the rapid pace of the construction fence crew this afternoon there's a possibility that today is the last day the Owls Head Park dog run will be open in 2010.
It's a good news/bad news thing. On the one hand, after all these years the Parks Dept will finally replace the dilapidated fences and broken gates at the dog run. The bad news is that the dog run is definitely secondary to Parks' plan to repair the drainage issues with the bike path. There's no mention of including any features taken for granted at other NYC dog runs, like access to water, regrading/resurfacing or even benches.
Officially, the NYC Parks Department is calling this capital project "Construction Of Greenway Connector From Intersection Of Colonial Rd & Wakeman Pl To Shore Rd". The plans include new chain link fences (four sides) and gates for the dog run, although I suspect we're getting that only because the contractor needs the dog run for parking and materials. More bad news: this is also going to take quite a bit longer than replacing a few hundred feet of fence.
Also, the Parks Dept gave themselves quite a bit of wiggle room wiith their reopening target of "Winter 2011". Is that January 2011, as in eleven months from now, or December 2011, as in 22 months? Twenty-two months is like 12 dog years!
It's an old ball field on the tip of the island in an area called Tom Nevers. What a terrific place. Jack and Auggie ran non-stop for 15 minutes. Auggie didn't even miss his ball.
More photos here.