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NYC spending whopping $1.8 million on Queens dog run

This venture has gone to the canine.

A beachfront canine run beneath development within the Rockaways is in line to price taxpayers a doggone fortune — and at almost $2 million it may be the costliest taxpayer-funded venture of its variety in New York Metropolis historical past.

“It’s fantastic {that a} new canine run is being constructed, however spending this sum of money is outrageous,” mentioned Geoffrey Croft, a longtime metropolis parks watchdog, referring to the $1.83 million project slated for Shore Entrance Parkway close to Seashore 90th Avenue in Queens.

The 10,500-square-foot pooch playground is being constructed atop a beforehand undeveloped part of the Rockaways beachfront and can present separate areas accommodating each large-sized and smaller canine.

The town Parks Division venture gained’t embody gold-plated fireplace hydrants or water bowls, however it can supply facilities match for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel — together with shaded bench areas, a dozen items of “agility” tools, a ingesting fountain and solar-powered USB charging stations, officers mentioned.

Usually, Parks Division dog-run tasks over the previous few years have price about $700,000 to $1 million, metropolis officers mentioned.

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The ten,500-square-foot pooch playground is being constructed atop a beforehand undeveloped part of the Rockaways beachfront.
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The company’s most up-to-date canine development features a 4,100-square-foot dog run at Devoe Park in the Bronx final November that price $796,000.

Earlier this month, Parks employed Queens-based St. John’s Enterprises – the identical contractor constructing the canine run within the Rockaways – for $579,786 to place up a 4,800-square-foot pooch play space at St. James Park within the Bronx.

The Parks Division wouldn’t instantly verify whether or not the Rockaways canine run is the costliest within the company’s historical past.

As a substitute, officers insisted it’s an unfair comparability as a result of prices embody constructing out a 34,000-square foot part by the boardwalk – which can embody the long run pooch paradise – to offer new sidewalks, water service and different options.

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The park is slated for Shore Entrance Parkway close to Seashore 90th Avenue in Queens.
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The Shore Entrance Parkway Canine Run venture has been within the works since 2018, however development was pushed again till final September because of the pandemic and different elements. The Parks Division expects it to be accomplished by the tip of this summer time.

Councilwoman Joann Ariola, a Queens Republican whose district will embody the brand new canine run, referred to as the venture the most recent instance of the Huge Apple paying extra for capital development than what most different cities pay.

“This isn’t a very good use of taxpayer {dollars},” mentioned Ariola. “We’d like extra oversight on capital development.”

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Usually, Parks Division dog-run tasks over the previous few years have price about $700,000 to $1 million.
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She mentioned new laws launched Thursday by Council Minority Chief Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) requiring metropolis businesses to be extra clear about how they’re spending taxpayer {dollars} on development tasks should be authorized – particularly a bill she’s co-sponsoring with him that will create a 15-person job power to reform the town’s capital development system.

“The Shore Entrance Parkway Canine Run, opening this summer time to the delight of pups and pup-owners throughout Rockaway, will probably be a large new amenity for the peninsula,” Parks spokesman Dan Kastanis mentioned. “It’s greater than two instances the scale of typical parks run, with quite a few dog-friendly facilities for large and small Ok-9s alike.”

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