The Prospect Park Alliance gathered elected officials and community members on Monday for the “pawsome” groundbreaking of a new dog run at the Prospect Park Parade Ground. 

By next summer, Brooklyn canines will have a 7,000 square feet of fenced-in space for safe, unleashed fun, officials announced.

Divided into two separate areas for small and large dogs, the doggie playground will also feature the city’s first canine-friendly turf. Its specialty surface, described as low maintenance and durable, “will boast superior drainage thanks to a porous backing which allows rainwater and dog waste to flow through the material.” The turf also incorporates an antimicrobial agent woven into its fibers that reduces the need for detergents or deodorizers.

Additionally, the dog run will be furnished with benches made of reclaimed wood from downed park trees, as well as waste receptacles, water fountains and new dog waste-resistant trees and shrubs.

“Prospect Park Alliance is excited to create this new amenity for the benefit of our four-legged friends and our community,” said Sue Donoghue, president of Prospect Park Alliance. “As a dog parent myself, I look forward to having this great new space where dogs and neighbors can come to exercise and mingle.”

Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (center) joined local residents and their pawpals for the groundbreaking of a new dog run. Photo courtesy Prospect Park Alliance

The $405,000 project is made possible with funding from Borough President Eric Adams and City Council Members Mathieu Eugene and Brad Lander. The dog run promises to be a great addition to the Prospect Park’s Parade Ground’s surrounding neighborhoods, which include Flatbush, Ditmas Park and Kensington and are home to 20,000 canines, officials said. 

“Sometimes it’s NYC Parks’ business to make sure dogs can do their business,” said Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Martin Maher. “This project is a great collaboration between community advocates and our dedicated elected officials. This project is an example of great design and project management by the Prospect Park Alliance, and it will be a fantastic asset to the community.”

The project is expected to be completed by summer 2020. Until then, doggies can also burn off their energy during off-leash hours at the Long Meadow, Nethermead and the Peninsula, or by going for a swim at the park’s Dog Beach, which the Alliance restored in 2017.

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“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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