NYC spends $1.8 million on Queens dog kennel

This project was given to dogs.

A beachfront dog park under construction in the Rockaways is set to cost taxpayers money — and at nearly $2 million, it could be the most expensive taxpayer-funded project yet. in history from New York.

“It’s great that a new dog park is under construction, but spending this money is outrageous,” said Geoffrey Croft, a longtime municipal park watchdog. Longtime City Parks Monitor said, referring to the $1.83 million planned for Shore Front Parkway near 90 Beach.e Streets in Queens.

A 10,500-square-foot dog play area is being built on top of a previously undeveloped area of ​​the Rockaways waterfront and will provide separate areas that can accommodate large and small dogs.

The city’s park project will not include fire hydrants or gilded water bowls, but it will provide amenities worthy of King Charles Spaniel – including shade benches, a dozen “spiritual” appliances active,” the fountain and solar-powered USB, officials said.

Typically, the Parks Department’s dog breeding projects in recent years have cost between $700,000 and $1 million, city officials said.

The 10,500-square-foot dog playground is being built atop a previously undeveloped area of ​​the Rockaways waterfront.
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The agency’s most recent dog work included a 4,100-square-foot dog park at Devoe Park in the Bronx last November at a cost of $796,000.

Earlier this month, Parks hired St. Queens-based John’s Enterprises — the same contractor that built the dog run in the Rockaways — for $579,786 to equip a 4,800-square-foot dog play area in St. James in the Bronx.

The Parks Department did not immediately confirm whether the Rockaways kennel would be the most expensive in the agency’s history.

Instead, officials insist this is an unfair comparison, as the costs include building a 34,000-square-foot site near the promenade that will include the future paradise of the city. dogs – to provide new sidewalks, water service and other features.

Park planned for Shore Front Parkway near Beach 90e Streets in Queens.
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The Shore Front Parkway Dog Run project has been underway since 2018, but construction was delayed until last September due to the pandemic and other factors. The Parks Department is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

Councilman Joann Ariola, a Republican from Queens whose county will include the new dog park, called the project the latest example of the Big Apple paying more for basic construction than it does for the new dog park. most other cities.

“It’s not a good use of taxpayers’ money,” Ariola said. “We need more oversight on basic construction.”

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For example, the Parks Department’s dog breeding projects in recent years have cost between $700,000 and $1 million.

She said the new law introduced on Thursday by Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) requires city agencies to be more transparent about how they spend taxpayer money on construction projects. approved – especially a bill she was co-sponsoring with him. formed a task force of 15 people to reform the city’s basic construction system.

Park spokesman Dan Kastanis said: “The Shore Front Parkway Dog Run, which opens this summer to the delight of Rockaway dogs and puppy owners, will be a major new add-on to the community. Peninsula. “It’s more than twice the size of typical parks, with plenty of dog-friendly amenities for K-9s large and small.”

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