You are reading

Playgrounds Open Today, While Dog Runs and Sports Facilities Remain Closed

Dog run at Lou Lodati Park in Sunnyside (Queens Post)

June 22, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Playgrounds opened for New York City children today, but Big Apple pups will have to wait longer to play inside public dog runs.

Playgrounds reopened today as the city entered Phase Two of the reopening plan, while other defined spaces inside city parks remain closed — including dog runs and tennis courts.

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke on the reopening at his daily press briefing this morning and was vague on why playgrounds could reopen, but the dog runs and sports facilities could not.

He said there are additional factors to take into account for ball courts and dog runs before they can reopen.

“We have a whole host of other things that we’re evaluating right now,” de Blasio said.

He failed to specify what those factors are. However, he said the dog runs and sport facilities often have a large number of people — particularly adults — congregating in a small area.

The city shuttered dog runs; playgrounds; and basketball, tennis, handball and other courts at roughly the same time in April.

De Blasio said he and his team will share more details in the coming days.

“Basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, handball courts, dog runs, you name it, we’re looking at all of them.”

Astoria Park tennis court (NYC Parks Dept)

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 
Resident

The fact that dog runs aren’t open along with playgrounds is the result of an idiotic decision.

>10K people marched over the Brooklyn Bridge and that was “OK,” but opening a dog run isn’t?

This is SELECTIVE justice.

THIS is fascism.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Queens Public Library celebrates Black History Month with nearly 150 programs highlighting Black resistance, culture

Feb. 2, 2023 By Carlotta Mohamed

Throughout February, Queens Public Library will celebrate “Black Resistance” — the theme of its 2023 Black History Month observance — with nearly 150 comprehensive programs and initiatives, including theater performances, author talks and art workshops for all ages, spotlighting various aspects of Black heritage, culture and resilience. 

Popular places where you can watch the big game in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘Limitless possibility’: BP Richards announces community visioning workshops on redevelopment of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in Queens Village

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. and Empire State Development on Tuesday, Jan. 31, announced the launch of a series of community visioning workshops that will be held to hear input from eastern Queens residents about the redevelopment of the 50-acre Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in Queens Village. 

The first community visioning workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at P.S./I.S. 208 located at 74-30 Commonwealth Blvd. in Glen Oaks.

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.