Dog Run Damaged By MTA,Waiting For Fix
The Rockaway Freeway Dog Park on Beach 84th Street first sustained substantial harm late last year when most of the trees in the park were damaged by Sandy.
The MTA, using heavy construction vehicles in the park to aid in a project at the nearby subway tracks, left major ruts in the ground and damaged a bench and storage unit.
“The dog run was damaged during MTA repairs to the nearby A train tracks,” confirmed an NYC Parks Department spokesman.
Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the MTA said the ruts in the ground were caused by trucks turning out of the dog park. The damage occurred during an “ongoing project for track panel renewal north and south of the Beach 90th Street station.”
“We attempted to repair the ruts, but the ground was too saturated. We have contacted the Parks Department and notified them that as soon as it dries up, we will repair the tire ruts.”
Karen Feuer of ARF ARF (Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness) talked about the MTA construction damage.
“After the storm we could still use the park,” said Feuer. “The Parks Department cleaned up the trees quickly.
What the MTA did made it unusable.”
While it is not definite when the dog run will reopen to the public, a Parks spokesperson said, “The dog run is not currently open. It is being repaired by the MTA and should reopen, weather depending, in the coming weeks.”