BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
The dog run at Doughboy Park in Woodside is in need of an upgrade.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) recently toured Doughboy Park’s dog run to discuss long term improvements with local residents, representatives from the Parks Dept., School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, a grassroots community organization.
While working closely with the Parks Dept., Van Bramer, the Woodside United Dog Society and Woodside on the Move will develop renovation plans to enhance and expand the dog run.
Last year, Van Bramer allocated $250,000 in funding towards the renovations of the dog run.
“Dog runs are a tremendous resource for our community,” he said. “Together, we will produce a comprehensive design that will maximize the space’s potential for local residents and their four-legged friends.”
Adrian Bordoni, executive director of Woodside on the Move, said they want to make full use of the dog run because it is in high demand due to the many families in the neighborhoods who have dogs.
“We are looking for dedicated space that is comfortable for the dogs and the dog owners,” he said.
He said they are looking to local Sunnyside and Woodside animal-friendly groups to learn what types of resources and maintenance the dog run would need.
Bordoni spoke highly of their annual pet parade during Halloween because he said it is a testament’s to the community’s love of pets and pet owners.
“Woodside definitely deserves a dog run where the community could get involved and maintain it, and really have an active, local Woodside dog owners group,” he said.
A Parks Dept. spokesperson said they are in the process of examining the site and determining details of any future dog run.
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