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Jul 16, 2019

Triborough Bridge Playground C + Dog Run NOW OPEN

We know readers have been anxiously awaiting the new dog run, part of the Triborough Bridge Playground C $1 million reconstruction project, and the day is finally here! Located at 24th Street (…)

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Commissioner Michael Dockett, Council Member Constantinides, Florence Koulouris and VP of Astoria Dog Owners Association Erin Kirby join community members to cut ribbon.

We know readers have been anxiously awaiting the new dog run, part of the Triborough Bridge Playground C $1 million reconstruction project, and the day is finally here!

Located at 24th Street & Hoyt Avenue South, the opening of the revamped space was celebrated today at a ribbon cutting ceremony with city officials including Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Michael Dockett, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council Member Costa Constantinides and Community Board 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris. The design process originally began in January of 2016, and construction started last April.

The $1 million project, funded by a $500,000 allocation from Borough President Melinda Katz and $500,000 from the City Council, involved reconstruction of the basketball court at Triborough Bridge Playground C as well as a brand new dog run. The updated court now includes new asphalt pavement, color seal coating, new backboards and benches, and a drinking fountain.

And the dog run features spray hydrants, drinking fountains with dog bowls, concrete climbing mounds and boulders—everything your little pup could want for a nice run in the summer sun!

The new basketball court. Credit to NYC Parks.

These new updates join a years-long refurbishment of the recreational area under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. A new soccer field and adult playground opened at Playground A in summer 2017, and the basketball court at Playground B was revamped in winter 2018, along with a colorful mural by Mark Paul Deren aka MADSTEEZ. And they were well-needed, as NYC Parks acquired the land that now makes up the six Triborough Bridge Playgrounds on May 7, 1937—ten months after the Triborough Bridge officially opened to the public.

Let us know if you’ve seen the improvements in person and what you think of them!

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