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Sunday in the Run: BACK ON!

December 10, 2014 by admin

We are on for our rescheduled Sunday in the Run!

Come on down this Sunday, December 14th, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and join your fellow run users in the clean-up and maintenance effort!

Even though it’s cold outside, we’ll have plenty of hot coffee there for you to warm your insides! So don’t miss it!

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Sunday in the Run: POSTPONED!

December 7, 2014 by admin

MOTHER NATURE HAS SPOKEN! You can’t fight mother nature!

Even if the rain stops by mid-morning, the run is going to be a cold, soggy, wet, mess out there! So we’re postponing our scheduled Sunday in the Run one week!

So stay home, stay warm and stay dry! We’ll see you next Sunday… December 14th!

 

Sunday in the Run!

December 2, 2014 by Devora Lefkowitz

Come one, come all… to Sunday in the Run! This Sunday, December 7th!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

November 27, 2014 by admin

Wishing you and yours (fleshy and furry alike) a very happy holiday!
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THE WATER FOUNTAIN IS NOW OFF!

November 20, 2014 by Devora Lefkowitz

The water fountain is now off for the winter season!

Be sure to bring plenty of water for your pups!

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We’re on Instagram!

November 16, 2014 by admin

The 105th Street Dog Run now has an Instagram account! Follow us (@dogrun105) to see our photos, and tag us in the pics you take in the run!

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LOST DOG UPDATE: “Duck” has been FOUND!

November 11, 2014 by admin

From the West Side Rag:

LOST UPPER WEST SIDE DACHSUND ‘DUCK’
FOUND IN THE BRONX AFTER 8 HARROWING DAYS
Posted on November 10, 2014 at 5:22 pm by West Sider

What a long strange trip it’s been for a mini-dachsund named “Duck” who was originally lost on the Upper West Side.

The dog’s owners posted the following message on the Facebook page Find Duck around 5 p.m.

duck found“WE HAVE DUCK. He’s back in our apartment, and just got the most sorely-needed bath of his life.

The story from today:

Around 2:40 pm, I got a call from a man who had seen one of our signs in Harlem. (Quick aside: Signs that never would have gotten up without all of your help!) He told me that he had seen Duck in Pulaski Park in the Bronx yesterday around 2 or 3pm. We grabbed our things and hopped in a cab to the Bronx.

On the way there, the man called me back to say he was in the area and was following Duck! We met him there, and he led us to a small forested strip separating E 134th St. from the Major Deegan Expressway. We went in through a break in the fence and, after a minute or two of searching, Duck ran up to me and jumped into my arms.

Duck was still wearing his harness and his tag. He was also wearing a prong collar which we did not put on him. This suggests that someone had him and let him go (or he escaped), which would explain how he made it across the river.

We are so, so grateful to all of you for everything you have done. Duck wouldn’t have made it home without you all. We’re about to take Duck to the vet, to make sure everything’s okay. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Photo via Find Duck page.

Tomorrow: Another SUNDAY IN THE RUN!

November 8, 2014 by admin

Tomorrow—Sunday, November 9—is another Sunday in the Run: a great opportunity for you to help to take care of the dog run that you are responsible for! That’s right: neither the City, the Parks Department, nor the Riverside Park Conservancy are responsible for the maintenance of our dog run… WE are—all of us who use the run every day or even just once in a while!

Volunteering is its own reward—you’ll feel good bringing your dog to a place you helped take care of—but there is another perk to participating!…

We’ll have free coffee available for all who come down and pitch in tomorrow! You don’t even have to stay the entire time (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)—come when you can and leave when you must! Every bit helps!

So come for the run, stay for the coffee!

come for the run, stay for the coffee!

See you tomorrow!

Seeking Owner of Untagged Dog Found on Street

November 7, 2014 by admin

From run user Maggie Balistreri:

“I ran into a guy named Jose who had a dog he said he found on Amsterdam and 103rd. He took it to 108th to check the chip but there was no record. He bought the dog a leash and is trying to find out who it belongs to.

Jose said the dog has some blue paint on its coat, so maybe it ran out of an apartment that’s being painted.

His contact info: Jose — (646) 998-4304 (and he said he lived at 868 Amsterdam).”

See photos below and note that Jose has the dog on a leash—so if you see the two of them, don’t assume it can’t be the lost dog just because it’s on a leash!

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LOST DOG

November 4, 2014 by admin

Local resident Helena Yoo’s dog—“Duck”—has gone missing.

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DOGGIE HOWL-O-WEEN PARTY

October 28, 2014 by admin

From the doyenne of neighborhood dog owners, Jane Burbank, it’s the…

DOGGIE HOWL-O-WEEN PARTY

This Sunday, November 2

8:00AM – RIVERSIDE PARK – by “the wall” (about even with 100th St.)

COSTUMES OPTIONAL – BUT FUN!

“It’s My Park Day”

October 9, 2014 by admin

Come celebrate it with us on Saturday, October 18th!

It's My Park DayPlease plan on joining us between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, October 18 for “It’s My Park Day!”

Throughout the city’s parks there are many events and activities planned and we are happy to be joining in the celebrations!

It’s My Park Day encourages New Yorkers to participate in improving and ensuring the future of the open spaces we utilize and depend upon. At The 105th Street Dog Run we have several rewarding activities planned, and hope you will get in on the action!

First, it’s a great time to ready the run for the winter. We need help with the basic (and aerobic) tasks of raking gravel, clearing out the fallen leaves, sweeping, filling in holes, and just ensuring the run is a safe and clean place for our pups to play.

Second, we’re fundraising (yay!). No one likes asking for money, but we all know that there are improvements we would like to see made to the run: a new surface, for instance. No such improvements can be accomplished without the financial support of the dog run’s users. So please be sure to either go to dogrun105.org/donate or bring your checkbook to the run on It’s My Park Day and contribute in person! All monies donated go directly to the maintenance and improvement of the run.

Finally, we are always looking for talented dog lovers to help improve the dog run; physically, sure… but also with our communications with our two-legged users! Are you an HTML5 wiz? How about a Twitter enthusiast? Do you have a knack for graphic design? Or maybe you’re a marketing genius? Put your skills to good philanthropic use by helping us get our message out. You can meet the current board members at the run on It’s My Park Day and join the pack! 😉

So give us a shout—let us know if you think you’ll make it on Saturday, or, if you can’t, tell us if you’re interested in volunteering in any of the aforementioned ways in the future:

volunteer@dogrun105.org

We look forward to seeing you all on It’s My Park Day—Oct. 18th… and every day at the run!

Another Sunday in the Run!

September 27, 2014 by admin

Bring yourselves, your dogs, and your communitarian spirit to the dog run this Sunday, September 28! 10:00 AM–2:00 PM (come when you can, stay as long as you can!)
We’ll be raking, cleaning—especially the water area and the outside front of the run—and hole-filling!
Please come down and volunteer—we can use all of the help we can get!
Tools, bags, and drinking water will be provided!

See you Sunday!

Canine Influenza Puts Manhattan Dog Owners On Alert

August 29, 2014 by admin

The ever-vigilant Jane Burbank has forwarded this cautionary news item:

Manhattan dog owners are being warned of an outbreak of a potentially dangerous virus.

The owners of doggy day care Fetch Club in Lower Manhattan proactively shut it down for cleaning after a dog at the facility came down with Canine Influenza, CBS 2’s Don Champion reported.

“You have to be very alert,” dog owner Gay Gutman said.

Veterinarians in Manhattan reported an outbreak of the virus in recent weeks.

Frank Bogues said he’s heard reports and is watching his dogs closely.

“I notice everything about them. You notice when they’re not feeling well. Dogs have an emotional quality to them,” he said.

Veterinarians told CBS 2 the outbreak is partly due to the warm weather which leads to dogs being socialized more.

“If there’s dogs coughing, then I would probably keep your dog from that area,” veterinarian Dr. Benjamin Davidson said.

Dr. Davidson says part of the danger with canine influenza is the fact that the virus is airborne. At the mildest, symptoms often resemble the common kennel cough condition.

“They usually start with a cough,” Dr. Davidson said. “They become very lethargic and they stop eating and in some cases, it progresses into pneumonia.”

Usually, symptoms will show up within a week of infection, CBS 2 reported.

“I’d still let them play in the dog run but I’ve been a bit wary about it,” Bogues said.

In general, vets say dogs who frequent day cares and dog parks are at a higher risk of coming down with Canine Influenza.

To protect dogs from the virus, there is a vaccine available that owners can ask their vets about.

See the original article at
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/08/29/canine-influenza-puts-manhattan-dog-owners-on-alert/

More info on the death of the young woman in Riverside Park

August 11, 2014 by admin

http://nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/woman-25-found-dead-riverside-park-article-1.1897756

CRIME SCENE IN RIVERSIDE PARK

August 9, 2014 by admin

From Jane Burbank:

The police from the 24 precinct have asked that we stay out of the park north of the dino playground this morning. The area is currently (very recently) a crime scene. Crime scene tape is blocking entry/surrounding a large part of the area. In particular the “big tree” area in the large grassy area right before the road divides near the running path.

They said the investigation is ongoing and that they will be there for “some time.”

Jane Burbank, LCSW-R

The Return of ‘The Return of Sunday in the Run!’

August 7, 2014 by admin
Return of Sunday in the Run

The “Return of Sunday in the Run” on July 27th was such a success that we decided that it should return again!

Come get to know the great people who use the dog run while, together, we chat over refreshments for humans and dogs alike and—most importantly—pitch in to help keep the dog run in the best shape possible!

We’ll be pulling weeds, filling holes, and sweeping scattered gravel back into the run where it belongs.

So give your Sunday morning a great start while doing your part!

Come on down this Sunday, August 10th, 11:00 AM–2:00 PM in the dog run!

Canines, camaraderie and community service—what better way to spend a bit of a Sunday!

See you in the dog run!

The Most Dangerous UWS Intersections

August 5, 2014 by admin

Jane Burbank forwarded us a link to this article on local news site DNA.info. Entitled, “10 Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians on the UWS,” it is an article that should be of great importance to all area residents but especially to dog owners, as our canine companions are particularly vulnerable.

Click the highlighted text in the preceding paragraph, or paste the following into your browser’s address bar:

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140804/upper-west-side/map-10-most-dangerous-intersections-for-pedestrians-on-uws

WARNING! NEW RIVERSIDE PARK SAFETY CONCERN

August 4, 2014 by admin

We received this from our neighborhood’s doyenne of dog owners, Jane Burbank:

Hello Everyone,

I spoke to an officer from the 24th Precinct today. She told me there has been a rash of daytime robberies in the park and that these thefts are happening “every day” and has become an increasing problem. The officer stated that groups of “teens” surveil people in the park – even hiding behind bushes, etc., — and look for people whose phones, purses, laptops, etc., are sitting next to them on benches or on the grass while they are reading or sunbathing.

When there is an opportunity, because someone looks away from their purse, phone or other property, one of the teens in the group runs up and grabs the personal property and they all run away. They are very well organized. This officer told me she was working undercover the other day and managed, with 2 other officers, to apprehend one group of 5 after they witnessed a robbery. This incident happened at 1pm.

This is a very dangerous situation. You may have seen the recent news reports about groups of young people have robbed and assaulted people near Central Park. There is always the possibility that some may be carrying weapons. Please be extra vigilant.

According to someone I spoke with at the 24th Precinct, the PD is short/under staffed. This must contribute to the traffic safety issues we are facing as well as these other types of crimes.

Best,
Jane

The Return of Sunday in the Run!

July 24, 2014 by admin
Return of Sunday in the Run

Volunteer at the run this Sunday 10–2!

Come get to know the great people who use the dog run while, together, we chat over refreshments for humans and dogs alike and, most importantly, pitch in to help keep the dog run in the best shape possible! We’ll be pulling weeds, filling holes, and sweeping scattered gravel back into the run where it belongs.

So give your Sunday morning a great start while doing your part!

Come on down this Sunday, July 27th, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM in the dog run!

The weather forecast is for perfect run-upkeep weather!

See you there!

Pesticide Spraying TONIGHT

June 15, 2014 by admin

From local doggie doyenne Jane Burbank:

If you’ve been to the park today you may have seen the signs, that seem to have been put up VERY recently, stating that “they” will begin spraying the pesticide ROUNDUP from 11pm tonight until 6am tomorrow. Unlike last year, we have been given advance (barely) notice and — unlike last year-there are visible signs.

There is info on the signs about where they’re actually going to spray but many of us found it confusing because it says “Riverside Drive”-72nd-153rd Street. However, last year the spraying was in the park itself along curbs, walls, tree wells, etc., to kill/prevent weeds.

If you have concerns or questions about how long you may want to avoid the park — if you do – I suggest reading the article I’ve attached and/or go directly to the ROUNDUP site itself.

There’s not much we can do about this at this point since the signs appeared today — on a weekend — and the spraying begins tonight.

Help Out ‘n’ Have Fun this Sunday in the Run!

June 4, 2014 by admin

Sunday in the Run returns this Sunday, June 8th!

We’ll start at 9:00 am and we’ll keep at it ’til 11:00! There’ll be coffee for those reluctant early risers (and Shelby and Maggie usually accompany the joe with yummy treats for both pets and people) and lots of appreciation for those who come down and do their part to keep our run in tip-top shape!

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Spring Fever Strikes at The 105th Street Dog Run! ;-D

May 20, 2014 by admin


It was a beautiful day at last here in New York City, and the hounds were seizing the opportunity to stretch their legs at the dog run!

It’s My Park Day at Dog Run 105!

May 14, 2014 by Shelby Drescher

On Saturday, May 17th, the 105th Street Dog Run User Group is holding a Volunteer Day in conjunction with the New York City-wide “It’s My Park Day!

Please come out and join us anytime between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon. It should be a beautiful day!!!

We will be raking, filling holes and clearing rocks; as well as greeting dog owners entering the run so as to create awareness about the group and its plans!

We will also be starting up our fundraising effort for 2014—so thank you in advance for being such a generous and supportive community!

Serious Dog Attack in Riverside Park

January 18, 2014 by admin

This is a message from local dog owner and former 105th Street Dog Run board member Mitchell Geller:

Friends:

I’m reaching out to you in response to a recent dog attack this Thursday evening in Riverside Park. My black standard poodle, Henson was attacked above 108th street in the park sometime after 8:00pm.

As I am writing to you today, it appears that we were extremely lucky. He has only visibly presented puncture wounds and lacerations on his ear but we are watching him closely for possible damage to his trachea. As we approach $600 in vet bills to date, we hope he heals quickly without further complications.

The dog that attacked us was a Large Black & Tan Male German Shepherd who I believe is owned by two men. They also have a light colored female shepherd, slightly smaller in size who they always walk in tandem.

We were in front of the 105th Street Dog Run talking to another dog owner when they approached. I was hoping that they would stay in the empty run, so we moved north quickly. As we moved up above 108th, I noticed they where “off leash” and headed in our direction. Henson was on leash and I noticed they were getting closer. so I began to quicken our pace. As I turned around to see where they were, the male appeared just a few feet away and with a very quiet low growl, launched at Henson.

From that point on it was a blur. The shepherd attacked Henson several times grabbing him by the throat and ears. I tried kicking him off with each attack( as the shepherd came out us at least 3 or 4 times) but I was not all that successful. I was exhausted by the time the owner arrived. I’m not sure if the female had joined in at the end, as by the time the owner showed up, it was all I could do to collect myself and Henson. When I yelled at the owner that “his dog just attacked us” and that he should be “on leash”. He gave me an angry glance … and replied … ” my dog didn’t attack you”. At the point I thought it would make sense to just exit the park quickly.

These dogs live our the neighborhood and frequent Riverside Park above 96th street. This isn’t the first time I have seen an unprovoked attack by these dogs first hand. Less then a year ago a group of us witnessed (again, at extremely close range) an unprovoked attack on a very submissive yellow lab during morning “Off Leash” in RSP.

Since that attack, we see these dogs periodically “off leash” at night in the park. When we do, we head off in the opposite direction. We do see them almost every day (in the park), as they are walked “on leash” every afternoon. They seem to be walked in a fairly “aggressive manner” as they are often straining at the leash especially when they pass by in close proximity to other male dogs. I don’t blame the dogs, as it appears they are just reacting to the influence or lack thereof of their owners.

The owner’s behavior is what deeply concerns me (although I am unsure if it was the same owner each time). Their response to these attacks has been nothing short of astonishing. They were in no particular hurry to pull their dogs off and took a long time to leash them. Their demeanor during these occurrences was extremely combative and unapologetic. (Needless to say, at the time of our attack, we were the only ones in that area of the park and I wasn’t going to hang around and demand his contact information.)

It deeply saddens me to see dogs handled in this way, especially in an urban setting. I grew up with a large 110 lb German Shepherd and dearly love the breed. I understand the breed well and know what they are capable of especially without the proper supervision. This is my ongoing concern for those of us who frequent the park as I know how much well mannered dogs enjoy the social interaction of other dogs. I am in the park several hours a day as many of you may know. I brought Henson into my life a little over two years ago, due to an ongoing chronic illness that has forced me into early retirement. Henson and I enjoy our walks at night when the park is empty. I hope Thursday night wasn’t our last.

I am not aware of any other attacks by either of these dogs, other then the two I’ve witnessed, but would not be surprised to hear about other similar events involving these dogs. If anyone has had a similar experience with either of these dogs, please contact me. (You can also large a formal complaint with animal control, Riverside Park or 311, should you have had a similar experience and I urge you to do so if the situation warrants it.)

Sincerely,

Mitchell & Henson

Ready?… OPEN THE GATES!

January 9, 2014 by admin

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ANY MINUTE NOW!

December 30, 2013 by admin

The masonry is done—the brickwork is just drying (see photos below)—get ready for the grand opening, folks!!

——— Almost Ready

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We’re Almost There!

December 29, 2013 by admin

Riverside Park Conservancy contractors have been hard at work the last couple of days laying the groundwork (literally!) for our new small-dog run entrance!

Until their work is completed, the small-dog run will have to remain closed, but the closure should be relatively brief; hopefully, either by the new year or by just after, the new gate will be operational and the small-dog run will be open for business! 😉

While you continue to enjoy the holiday season, keep checking dogrun105.org for updates; or enter your email address to receive updates in your inbox, right as they’re posted:



You can also follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter to get up-to-the-minute 105th St. Dog Run news!

Ironwork: COMPLETE!

December 20, 2013 by admin

Earlier today the contractors completed the ironwork on the new small-dog run entrance! For the entrance to be safely usable, however, the surface of the entranceway needs to be paved with stone (as is the main entrance to the dog run). The Riverside Park Conservancy (RPC) has informed us that the aim is to have that work done before the end of the year—failing that, within the first week of 2014.

What is unclear at present is whether or not the small-dog run will be accessible at all prior to the completion of the laying of the stone. We are working with the RPC, trying to keep the small-dog run available—with the new gate cordoned off, obviously—while we await completion. Keep checking back here for updates, or enter your email address here to receive updates in your inbox, right as they’re posted:

You can also follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter to get up-to-the-minute 105th St. Dog Run news!

Work on the New Small-Dog Run Entrance Continues

December 19, 2013 by admin

Ironworkers returned to the run earlier today to continue their construction of our dog run’s new small-dog run entrance! They made significant progress—we expect the entrance to be completed soon! So stay tuned! :-)

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BEWARE OF THE ICE!

December 17, 2013 by admin

BEWARE OF THE ICE

The run is covered with snow and—more importantly—ICE! We also had reports yesterday that the gates to the run were frozen open!

The city does close parks and dog runs during extreme weather events (like last year’s Sandy and Athena), but we won’t be able to constantly monitor run-specific conditions!

So just be aware: winter is not always kind to The 105th Street Dog Run; if you use it, make sure you and your dog(s) can use it safely!

The snow covered run and the potentially dangerous ice!

Columbia Student Project Focuses on The 105th Street Dog Run

December 9, 2013 by admin

Two students from The Columbia School of Journalism—Marie-Jose Daoud and Ameena Qayyum—used The 105th Street Dog Run not only as the primary backdrop for a video assignment, but interviewed several of our run’s users as well! Take a look at the results:

O What A Beautiful Morning!

December 8, 2013 by admin

A big “Thank You” and “Great Job” to all those who pitched in and helped out at our “Sunday in the Run with Shelby & Maggie” on December 8th!

We raked leaves like crazy, ultimately filling *seven* huge bags! The run surface was left visibly clearer than it was when we arrived that morning! Let’s do it again in two weeks, shall we? 😉

Yes, Sir! Yes, Sir! Seven Bags Full!

Yes, Sir! Yes, Sir! Seven Bags Full!

Fun Holiday Event, Courtesy of Jane Burbank!

December 4, 2013 by admin

The First Annual
Riverside Park Dog Group
Holiday Carol Sing!!

This Sunday, December 8, 4:00pm

All dogs, owners and friends invited!

At 4:00, participants will meet at the 97th St. entrance to Riverside Park

In the event of inclement weather, an alternate indoor location will be chosen (so make sure to RSVP so you receive all relevant announcements!)

The caroling will be followed by an after-party (at approx. 6:00–6:30) at Dog Days Of New York: 2581 Broadway, 2nd Fl. (@ 97th St.)—generously donated by Dean Vogel

NOTE: Food and/or drink contributions to the after-party are encouraged!

RSVP to Jane Burbank: janeburbanklcsw@aol.com

We’re Making an Entrance!

November 21, 2013 by admin

Groundbreaking has begun on construction of the new entrance to the small-dog run! Ironworkers from A & A Iron Works contracted for us by The Riverside Park Conservancy (RPC) arrived the morning of Wednesday, November 20 and got down to business! They put in the footings for the fence panels that will comprise the entry. But please be patient: the entrance might not be complete for a few weeks.

This is a particularly exciting moment for The 105th Street Dog Run board members, as the construction of a separate entrance for the small-dog run was the objective of  Phase III of the original Capital Campaign launched in May 2012 when the current board—led by Marilyn Williams—came together.

It took a great deal of effort on Marilyn’s part over the past year to see to it that the funding for the project was obtained and the entrance gate installation green-lit by the RPC. So, Wednesday’s construction work represents a big victory for Marilyn, The 105th Street Dog Run board, the run’s users, and the entire dog-owner community of our neighborhood!

Stay tuned for further updates as the work continues!

The Poop on the New Scoops (or is it the other way around??)!

November 16, 2013 by admin

She who tends to our dog run ever tenderly—the unstoppable Barbara Morgan—has acquired for us two new rake-and-scoop sets to help keep the run poop-free!

The new rake-and-scoop sets!

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They can be found in the “airlock” of the main entrance (the small enclosure between the gate to the run and the gate to the outside).

To use the new tools, simply fetch the key from the hook Barbara affixed to the back of the large tool bin in the northwest part of the main run (see photos, below), unlock the bike locks, and go scoop that poop! All we ask in return is that you put it all back the way you found it!

There are other rake- and scoop-type tools in the run—there have been for quite some time—but it’s nice to have these new ones, which are lighter and easier to use!…

…so let’s use ’em, folks!! 😀

Who Moved My Trees?

November 15, 2013 by admin

The more observant of you run “regulars” may have noticed yesterday that the lilac tree that had been in the southeast corner of the small-dog area had moved a few yards northeast, to the outer perimeter of the main dog run area!

Who Moved My Trees?

After rigorous investigation, we have learned that the tree did not accomplish this on its own, nor was it elves, sprites or wood nymphs. Turns out it was the staff of the Riverside Park Conservancy, doing us a favor! Our indefatigable supervolunteer Barbara “Babs” Morgan was trying to rally a bunch of brawny volunteers to do it on Sunday, so this was a pleasant surprise! The move of the tree was necessary because it is exactly where the tree formerly stood that the small dog run will soon have its very own entrance installed! So stay tuned! :-)

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Where the Lilac Was…

Where the lilac was

Where the Lilac is!

Where the lilac is!

Strong Volunteers Needed for a Heavy-Lifting Project!

November 11, 2013 by Barbara Morgan

I am working on transplanting shrubs , and will need 3-4 strong folks to help out this coming Sunday—November 17—to do the final move and replant. Please let me know if you can help out, and what time is best for you, and I’ll schedule accordingly: volunteer@dogrun105.org.

Thanks in advance!

—Barbara Morgan

‘Tis The (Dry) Season!

November 10, 2013 by admin

PLEASE NOTE: The multi-faceted Bill Popp—#1 plumber for the NYC Parks Department—came by the run today to do his annual turning-off-of-the-water-for-winter. So that’s all, folks: no running water in The 105th St. Dog Run (nor anywhere else in Riverside Park, for that matter—such as the drinking water fountains, the Firefighter’s Memorial fountain, etc.) until spring! If you want your dogs to have drinking water while at play in the run, you’ll have to bring your own!

Escape Artist Thwarted Thanks to Dog Run Volunteers!

November 10, 2013 by admin

A dog run user alerted us to a problem she faced in the run: her dog used a cement block in the southeast corner of the large-dog run as a platform from which he leapt over the perimeter fence, out of the run, and took off into Riverside Park!!

Escape route: SEALED—we blocked the box!

Escape route: SEALED…
We blocked the box!

She chased him down and all was well, but she was not going to bring him back into the run if the problem were not corrected! She reached out to us via our web site—click here to read her plea—and we added it to our “to-do” list for today’s Sunday in the Run with Shelby & Maggie. Eager to lend a hand, the dog’s mom herself—local resident Jessamin Swearingen—showed up to volunteer, and, together, she and volunteer run user Adam LeBow enclosed the cement block with chicken wire! After the work party was over she went home, picked up her dog, Toby (the escape artist) and returned to the run with him. And, lo and behold, he attempted his previous feat but was thwarted by the chicken wire! Score 1 for volunteer problem-solving! :-)

IT’S FIXED!

October 21, 2013 by admin

The part of the dog run’s outer perimeter fence that was damaged by the fallen tree back in June is now fixed!

Thanks to the concerted efforts of The Riverside Park Conservancy (RPC) to organize and fund the repairs, contractors came to the run on the morning of October 17th, 2013 and put in a new section of iron fencing to replace that which was damaged (and subsequently removed). They even painted it, so now one can’t tell that there was ever any damage at all!

Thank you RPC and the NYC Parks Department!

Volunteer this weekend!

June 11, 2013 by admin

Not even falling trees can stop our efforts to beautify and maintain the dog run! :-)

Come on out and volunteer this weekend!

We have two 3-hour shifts scheduled:

  • Saturday, June 15: 1:00–4:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 16: 2:00–5:00 PM (this time is changed from the one we originally announced)

Email us at volunteer@dogrun105.org to let us know you’re comin’ down!

 

For the complete June schedule click here!

Tree Damage Update

June 9, 2013 by admin

A tree fell into the run on Saturday, June 8, destroying a section of the perimeter fence.

City and Riverside Park Conservancy personnel acted speedily to remove the tree and install temporary fencing, ensuring the run remains useable.

We urge caution, however, around the area of the temporary fence.

Please continue to visit this site, our Facebook page, or our Twitter account for updates on the fence repairs.

ALERT: Fallen tree in the run!

June 8, 2013 by admin
ALERT: A tree has fallen into the run, destroying a section of the perimeter fence. Until the tree has been removed and repairs made, we advise staying out of the run. All appropriate authorities (City gov’t, Parks Dept., Forestry Dept.) have all been informed and necessary action will be taken as soon as possible (today or tomorrow).

UWS Blog Posts Kudos to Us!

June 2, 2013 by admin

We earned some lovely praise on the neighborhood blog MyUpperWest.com! Click here to view the article!

Volunteer Weekends in June

May 29, 2013 by Barbara Morgan

 

We are initiating a series of Volunteer Weekends to get the run’s fencing repainted…
…and we’re asking all of you to help out!

We will try to tailor the work so as to use each volunteer’s skills wisely.

We want to do the work incrementally so that the run can remain open continuously throughout our efforts.

This will be hands-on volunteer work, involving several steps:

Until the fence is repaired, we’ll focus on landscaping and maintenance.

We’ll provide all the necessary tools and gear. Just be prepared for a few hours of not terribly hard work! 😉

We are hoping for at least a 3-hour commitment from everyone who participates; but if you can only put in an hour or two, we will certainly find something for you to help with!

The dates and times are as follows (weather permitting):
(NOTE: THE START/FINISH TIMES FOR THESE BLOCS HAVE CHANGED SINCE ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED)

  • Saturday, June 01: Noon–3:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 02: 2:00–5:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 08: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 09: 1:00–4:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 15: 1:00–4:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 16: 2:00–5:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 22: 2:00–5:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 23: 2:00–5:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 29: 2:00–5:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 30: 2:00–5:00 PM

Please email us at volunteer@dogrun105.org with the date(s) and time(s) you would like to volunteer for. We’ll get back to you with a confirmation!

This is an important improvement for the run, following the work that was done in 2012 to upgrade the water area and renew the surface. We really hope you will be able to roll up your sleeves and help out!

 

Thanks and Best,

Barbara Morgan
Fanny’s “Mom” and 105th Street Dog Run Volunteer

Thoughtful words from a DR105 member

January 30, 2013 by admin

A 105th St. Dog Run user (and very active Riverside Park volunteer) Barbara Morgan shared some thoughts about the run in a wonderful post on our Facebook page.

We’ve included the text of the post below; click here to see it on Facebook.

Winter in the Dog Run is a slow time! Fanny and I have been down only a couple of times in the last couple of weeks, and encountered very few other folks. Last night we got there at about 6:45 or so: 25 degrees, and there were folks with dogs outside the Run, including some die-hard sledders, but no one inside.

We went in anyway, mostly so I could check things out, make sure there were bags in the dispensers, and to see how the surface handled the little dusting of snow and the general condition of the place. Fanny always runs in, assuming there will be someone to play with. She doesn’t get “disappointed” however; she has plenty to sniff, information to catch up on via that, and then the search for a ball. Meanwhile, I check the bag boxes and do a trash-walk.

We were lucky enough to have someone come in. It turned out to be a newly-adopted lovely female dog named Lexie, and her people. Lexie spent some time checking the place out, while Fanny kept insisting that I play with her and her throw-toy. I had thrown the toy a couple of times, but when Lexie arrived I pulled it, because I wanted Fanny to play with her rather than the toy. Fanny got the message, and soon, she and Lexie were playing and running full out. I chatted with the lovely couple who brought Lexie in and found that they had just adopted her, literally, earlier in the day, and this was their first visit to the Run. After a lot of playing, it was time to go; the dogs wanted to keep on, but the humans were succumbing to the frigidity!

This made me think of all of the purposes the Run serves. It’s not just a playground for dogs, although that’s the primary purpose. It’s also a training-ground, a socialization area, and an introduction area for new members of the neighborhood. AND, it’s a neighborhood gathering-place for the humans who bring their dogs to the Run.

I realize not all of the folks who come to the Run with their dogs are interested in social interaction. Many make it obvious they are not. But many are, especially new owners or neighbors who have the gumption to find the Run in the first place! So, human Run users (I suspect you are the only ones able to read this, although I could be wrong!), if you have not, reach out to your neighbors at the Run. Say hi, or ask their dog’s name. Maybe they will walk away or respond mono-syllabically, but it’s worth a try. The Dog Run should be a welcoming, happy and social place for dogs and their people alike. This way, we build a stronger community and benefit our dogs even more. Fanny and I hope to see you soon!

The Nor’easter Athena

November 8, 2012 by admin

From The NYC Parks Department:
 

Important Storm-Related Service Changes

Updated: Thursday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m.

Closures

Due to the impacts of yesterday’s Nor’easter, we encourage everyone to stay out of New York City parks, playgrounds and beaches for the remainder of the day as we assess potentially dangerous tree conditions. Our goal is to keep Park patrons safe, and heavy snow on trees that are still in leaf could create dangerous situations.

The majority of NYC parks and playgrounds will re-open Friday morning at their normal opening hours. Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, some properties will continue to be closed as we address conditions in the park.

Please visit our Park and Facility Closures page for a complete list of current closures, or use the search to the right to find more information about a particular park.

View the list of all park and facility closures.

Avoid New York City’s beaches and boardwalks, which have suffered extensive storm damage and remain closed. Signage and caution tape at park entrances indicate which sites remain closed, but while a park may be open, specific areas or sections within the park may be closed due to downed trees and other storm impacts.
 

*Some parks in New York, including Hudson River Park, Governors Island, The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, and more, are not operated by NYC Parks. For information about these parks, please visit our Other Parks in New York City page.

*The four Wildlife Conservation Society zoos will be closed Wednesday, November 7 through noon on Thursday, November 8 due to the approaching extreme weather: Bronx ZooCentral Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo.

Tree Damage

During the storm emergency, the Parks Department is prioritizing only service requests for storm related tree damage. To report a tree issue, please call 311 or text 311-692, or submit an online forestry service request. Please be patient as we are experiencing extremely high call volumes, and you may experience intermittent delays with the online request form also due to extremely high volume.

Volunteer

Many of New York City’s parks and playgrounds were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to volunteer with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to aid in clean up and recovery, please visit NYC Service to register. Be sure to check back for updates on other parks in need of volunteers!
 

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: UPDATE

October 30, 2012 by admin

The 105th Street Dog Run is CLOSED and, in fact, Riverside Park in its entirety is CLOSED until further notice. The NYC Parks Department considers the danger of falling tree limbs to still be too great to risk the safety of the public.

Please consult the following web site for up-to-the-minute details:
http://www.nycgovparks.org/stormupdate/storm-details

Feel free to also check https://www.riversideparkfund.org/ as well as our Facebook page and Twitter account for updates, and we will post updates here on this web site as soon as we hear of them.

Stay safe!

 

Hurricane Sandy and the “Frankenstorm”

October 28, 2012 by admin

 
New York City is bracing for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, dubbed a “Frankenstorm” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Like the rest of our fellow New Yorkers, we have to prepare; but, as dog owners, we must pay particular attention to the well-being of our beloved pets!

The ASPCA offers a concise list of useful tips here: http://blog.aspca.org/content/how-prepare-your-pets-hurricane-sandy

 

This is from State Senator Liz Krueger:

 

Dear Friends:

As you know, we expect Hurricane Sandy to arrive in our region tonight through tomorrow, bringing severe storm conditions for up to several days. Our City and State government agencies are planning for the storm’s effects on power, transportation, and public services. Please remember, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will suspend subway, bus, and Metro-North Rail service at 7pm tonight. The text below contains information, contact numbers, and resources to help everyone prepare for this severe storm. Please make sure you’re prepared, and stay safe over the next several days.

— Liz


The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recommends:

  • Establishing an evacuation plan;
  • Stocking up on supplies such as water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, and extra batteries;
  • Staying well informed of the latest conditions.
A guide for preparing a Go Bag can be found by visiting the OEM website for more information:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/home/home.shtml.

 

According to the NYC Hurricane Readiness Guide, here are the steps you should take to be prepared for a serious storm:

 

Have a Plan
Make sure your preparedness plan addresses how your special needs affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in place, and communicate with emergency workers. Arrange help from friends, family, or neighbors if you will need assistance with evacuation. Allow additional time and consider your transportation needs.
If You Have Pets

Make sure your disaster plan addresses what you will do with your pet if a hurricane requires you to leave your home.If you cannot shelter your pet at a kennel or with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area, pets are allowed at all City shelters. Please bring supplies to care for your pet, including food, leashes, a cage, and medication.

If You Live In a Basement

Basement apartment residents may face additional risks from hurricanes even if they live outside evacuation zone boundaries. Many areas of the city can experience rainfall flooding. If you live in a basement apartment, be prepared to take shelter above ground.

If You Live in a High-Rise Building

If you live in a high-rise building located in an evacuation zone, follow evacuation orders. If you live in a high-rise building, especially on the 10th floor or above, stay away from windows in case they break or shatter. Or, move to a lower floor.

Prepare a Disaster Plan

Develop a plan with your household members that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes New York.

Determine Whether You Live in an Evacuation Zone

Areas of the city subject to storm surge flooding are divided into three zones based on how storms of different strengths will affect them. Residents Zone A are currently under a mandatory evacuation order. Most East Side areas within the 26th District are not in Zone A, but parts of Downtown Manhattan and the West Side are. Use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder at www.NYC.gov/hurricanezones, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115), or consult the map provided in this brochure to find out if your address is located in an evacuation zone.


If you find yourself in an emergency do not hesitate to call 911. If you need more information, please call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115).

During the storm, we urge people to stay out of parks and proceed with caution on tree-lined sidewalks in the event of falling trees or branches. To report downed trees or branches, please contact 311.

Additional Important Numbers:

Utilities

Heat and Hot Water Problems: Call 311.

For additional information, visit the “Heat and Hot Water” page of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development website:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/tenants/heat-and-hot-water.shtml.

Con Edison: In case of emergency, call 1-800-752-6633.
Keyspan: In case of emergency, call1-718-643-4050.
Red Cross:
In case of emergency, call 1-212-787-1000.

 

Insurance Resources
New York State Department of Insurance: 212-480-6400 or www.ins.state.ny.us

 

Transportation
New York City Transit: http://www.mta.info/nyct/ 
For the latest updates on the storm, New Yorkers can:
Visit the NYC Severe Weather site on NYC.gov, and sign up for notifications from Notify NYC: https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/

The following message is from the NYC Parks Department:

 

City of New York Parks & Recreation

Dear Friends,

As you know, Hurricane Sandy will approach the mid-Atlantic coast later this weekend, and is now expected to make landfall sometime Monday. We want to share important information with you regarding the steps that the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has taken to prepare for the storm.

Important Parks Service Information Regarding Hurricane Sandy

In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, the Parks Department will close all parks, playgrounds and beaches at 5 p.m.on Sunday, October 28, 2012. All events are cancelled after 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Surfing is prohibited at all beaches throughout the course of the storm. These facilities are closed until further notice. For more information on the hurricane and ways to be prepared, please visit www.nyc.gov/severeweather.

We urge people to stay out of parks and proceed with caution on tree-lined sidewalks in the event of falling trees or branches. To report downed trees or branches, please call 311. In case of emergency, please call 911.

The following facilities are closed as of 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28. This information will be updated as it is available:

  • All City Parks
  • All City Playgrounds
  • All City Beaches – Surfing is prohibited at all beaches throughout the course of the storm.
  • All Recreation Centers
  • All Nature Centers in parks
  • Greenmarkets, citywide

All events are cancelled after 2 p.m. Sunday, October 28.

Larry Scott Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach

 

 

Phase 2: The Resurfacing—DONE!

October 19, 2012 by admin

Resurfacing

Or… if you prefer… click on the individual thumbnails, below!

Phase 2: CHECK!

October 12, 2012 by admin

We are delighted to share with you the exciting news that the resurfacing of the dog run has been successfully completed! A huge THANK YOU for your generous support and patience while we completed this important phase!

You have probably noticed that the new surface material is quite different from what was there previously—and it is! It consists of Plymouth Brownstone screenings which were carefully selected by the Riverside Park Landscape Architect. It is gentler on your dog’s paws and isn’t prone to the dust we had been dealing with—which troubled the eyes of human and dogs alike during the dry summer months. We worked with Riverside Park Fund to ensure the color of the material is compliance with the city’s landscape design for our part of Riverside Park.

Since the new surface was laid down, we’ve been getting reports (and noticing ourselves) that it tends to yellow dogs’ paws. We have been assured that the material is not harmful—that the staining is not chemical but, rather, composed of very fine granules of stone. A little paw-washing should get all the yellow out.

The long-term solution, it turns out, is patience; the surface needs time to settle, and it may take a while until that happens. As the finer grains sink down and the larger ones stay at the top, this yellowing effect should subside.

Looking ahead, we will now begin the third phase of the Capital Campaign to improve and restore The 105th Street Dog Run. This final phase includes making repairs to the existing fencing and installing a new entrance to the small dog run—one that would provide access from the outside, thus eliminating the need for small dog owners to have to pass through the large-dog section.

The work is estimated to cost $15,000.

We hope to reach this goal as quickly as possible; once we do, the work can begin!

In closing, we still need your continued generous support. If you have not already, please join us in becoming members and donate now.

If you have already made a contribution, we thank you and trust that you are enjoying what you have made possible thus far, and hope that you will consider a further donation to get us to the finish line!

The 105th Street Dog Run User Group Board

Run Re-Surfacing Begins!

September 28, 2012 by admin

Work to Begin on Saturday, September 29, 2012!

As previously noted, this work will include the removal of a substantial part of the existing run surface followed by installation of the new surface material. This is GREAT news for everyone using the run but it will not be a simple task and we ask everyone for their patience during this time.

The nature of the work makes exact planning almost impossible. This is an extremely labor intensive process which will be significantly impacted by the condition of the existing run material and the degree of difficulty in removing it. Also, to ensure the best possible result, work on installing the new surface material cannot be completed when it is raining. However, we can provide some guidance which we hope will be helpful.

Run Closure

We cannot be specific as to the duration of the run closure but we can state definitively that the entire run will be closed while work on the surface is ongoing. We expect work to be completed in two days or less. Keep in mind that factors like the condition of the existing surface and weather could prolong the duration of the work and the run closure. However, we can assure you that the run will not be closed any longer than necessary.

Thanks again to everyone for their patience as we make these improvements to the run. Also, thanks to all of you who through your continuing generosity help to make this happen.

 

The New Hydrant is Here!

August 4, 2012 by admin

The new hydrant is here! Phase I is now COMPLETE!! On to Phase II!

Please donate today to keep our momentum going and get the run resurfaced so that we can make the 105th Street Dog Run the best it can be!

 

Do You Want to Help Out in the Dog Run?

July 23, 2012 by admin

There are several ongoing maintenance tasks we need help with:

  1. Trash Retriever: anytime, anywhere—especially along the fence perimeter.
  2. Poop Patrol: this is MOST appreciated, again, around the perimeter of the fence. We are working on getting a heavy-duty scooper to help with this task, but, in the meantime, we have a sifter-shovel that will do the job. Of course, folks should pick up after their dogs, but we all know people miss things, for whatever reason.
  3. Weed Whacker: weeds growing along the interior or exterior fence edge can be pulled out. There are no “good” plants that need to stay along the edges.
  4. “Holey” Roller: filling in holes dug by our dogs will help the run stay safe. There are piles of fill material along the north edge of the run fence. Caution: the fill material is heavy, so go easy. We’re working on getting a wheelbarrow to help with this work.
  5. Groomer: raking up leaves and other stuff along the outside of the run, and piling it by one of the trash bins, will go a long way towards making the exterior look clean and inviting.
  6. Gardener: we’ll be working on the front gardens in the fall, after the growing season has ended. Help then will be appreciated!

Please send us an email at volunteer@dogrun105.org and let us know if you’re up for any of the above!

Some Horse Sense for the Dog Run

July 12, 2012 by admin

Some "horse sense" for the dog run!
 

The good news: the plumbing work has been completed, the water line has been connected to the new watering hole area, and the water there is now functional (albeit with a temporary hydrant fixture until our permanent one arrives)!

The bad news: already someone has plugged the drain at the new watering hole area, supposedly to create a shallow pool!

O friends and neighbors, we’ve taken a big step forward, let’s not take two steps back! PLEASE DO NOT PLUG THE DRAIN!! This is VERY BAD!! The damage could be serious and costly! We are getting a basin! It’s coming! Please be patient! Don’t let your desire for what we do not yet have cause you to destroy that which we have just managed to get!

Phase 1: Almost Done!

July 11, 2012 by admin

For those of you who have been down to the run recently, you may have noticed that construction has been completed on our new “watering hole” for the run which includes two new drainage areas and a new water line for the run. You may have also noticed that the water is not yet turned on and that beginning earlier this week a large portion of the small-dog area of the run has been dug up. In fact, the lack of water in our new “watering hole” is in fact related to the excavating that is going on in the small dog run this week. Connecting our new water line to the existing water line has proven to be a greater challenge than was originally anticipated.

Although the delay is frustrating, it is not entirely surprising since we are connecting to a water line installed during the Great Depression in a Park that is more than 100 years old. (Anyone who has done renovation work in an old building or a pre-war apartment probably understands this all too well.)

Our original plan of connecting to our existing water source has proven unfeasible due to concrete structures below the surface of the run. Our new plan is to re-route the water line from a juncture previously hidden from view under the small-dog run. The plumber for the Parks Department and the contractor’s plumber have worked out the details of the new plan and we anticipate the installation will be complete by the end of the week. In the meantime, water will remain on in the original location until they are actually ready to make the switchover.

We apologize for the delay; but the Parks Department, our contractor and volunteers are working hard to make sure this happens as quickly as possible. It has been a long wait but it will happen soon!

WE’RE ON OUR WAY!

July 2, 2012 by Marilyn
Upgrading the grate
Upgrading the grate

If you came down to the run Saturday morning, June 30, you would have observed huge apparati in and just outside The 105th Street Dog Run. About four workers were diligently digging, putting in plumbing and cleaning out the dirt and sediment from the drain in the southwest corner of the run. Our new watering area is getting closer to completion. In the next few days, once the underground work is completed, concrete will be poured and a clean concrete area with drain in the center will appear. Once that is dry, hopefully by Wednesday, the 4th of July (but more definitely by Friday, the 6th) it will be ready for use. There will be a temporary spigot to get water, with a taller, two-spigot connection to follow in about three weeks. Next week there will be a period of several hours that the water will be turned off completely. That may be on Tuesday, or if not, most likely on Thursday.

Now that Phase 1 is nearly done, we must focus on raising money for the second phase of our work, repairing the dog run surface. This is something those currently using the dog run are well aware of, as their eyes as well as those of their dogs burn, and the dust causes much coughing and sneezing. Those who aren’t current users of the dog run say that is a major reason for not using it at all. The new ground cover will do away with those unpleasant side effects. The resurfacing work can begin when enough money is raised. That piece will cost $16,000. Please donate (click here) and be as generous as possible so we can quickly meet our goal.

Board Member Profile: Dean Vogel

June 24, 2012 by admin

From time to time we will profile our user group members so as to foster and strengthen the sense of community among the users of the 105th Street Dog Run. As the first in this series, we get to know board member Dean Vogel. Click here to read his profile on our “About Us” page!

IT’S ON! Phase One Has Begun!

June 18, 2012 by admin
Henson says, "Dig it!"
Henson says, “Dig it!”

No one who has been to the run this week could avoid noticing that construction personnel have been working constantly since Monday and the results are dramatic!

Riverside Park Fund contractors River Bend Construction and NYC Parks Department plumbers have been hard at work in the run: digging a trench,  installing new copper pipe and locating the long-buried shut-off valve! Their efforts have been diligent despite the heat and conscientious of our needs as dog owners: they have avoided shutting off our water (they will do so next week only when they must), and have back-filled the area around the entrance to the small dog run so that access is not blocked!

More news to come!

 

 

The Workers Arrive!

June 16, 2012 by admin
Margaret Bracken and crew examining the catch basin
Margaret Bracken and crew
(click to enlarge)

Margaret Bracken—New York City Parks Department landscape architect for Riverside Park—and crew visited the run on the afternoon of Friday, June 15th! They pried up the drainage grate in the large-dog area’s southwest corner to check out the catch basin in preparation for the creation of our new “watering hole!” As long as we can get through the weekend without rain, construction will begin Monday, June 18th!

The crew inspecting the catch basinThe crew inspecting the catch basin

DR105 Goes to the Gala!

June 12, 2012 by admin

On the evening of June 11th, The Riverside Park Fund held its annual benefit gala.

Five board members from The 105th Street Dog Run user group attended the event. While a good time was indeed had by all, of far greater significance is the fact that our presence served to put the dog run and the user group back on the “radar” of the Fund’s staff and supporters!

Click image to enlarge

Dean Vogel at RPF Benefit Gala
Board member Dean Vogel
105th Street Dog Run Board Members Michelle Jason, Marilyn Williams, Maggie Herrick and Adam LeBow at RPF Benefit Gala 2012
Board members Michelle Jason, Marilyn Williams,
Maggie Herrick and Adam LeBow
Broadway Star Sherrie Rene Scott entertaining the guests at the Riverside Park Fund Benefit Gala 2012
Broadway star Sherrie Rene Scott
entertaining the guests
A view of the crowd attending the Riverside Park Fund Benefit Gala 2012 at O'Neal's 79th St. Boat Basin Cafe
A view of the crowd

Progress Report

June 9, 2012 by admin
Board members Edith Sherwood and Maggie Herrick
Board Members Edith Sherwood and Maggie Herrick staffing the table outside the dog run on June 3, 2012

First, big thanks to all those who stopped by our table outside of the 105th Street Dog Run in May and earlier this month! The support and involvement of all the run’s users will be critical to our success as we push forward on meeting our fundraising goals and undertake major restoration work in the dog run.

It has been but a few weeks since we launched our capital campaign to bring about long-overdue improvements to the 105th Street Dog Run but the initial response has been very positive. More than 200 run users have joined our mailing list and we have raised a significant portion of the funds needed to fund the creation of a new “watering hole”Phase I of our 3-phase plan.

$18,000 raised so far

We haven’t yet reached that first milestone of $20,500; but thanks to the generous initial response from run users, we have come very close, raising enough to get the city to greenlight the watering hole project: work is scheduled to begin the week of June 11th!

It’s cause for some celebration to be sure, but there still remains a significant amount of work ahead of us including re-surfacing of the run. However, any additional work will only be possible if we are able to meet our fundraising goals. If you haven’t yet, we ask that you consider making a donation today and encourage other dog owners you know to do the same.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to restore the 105th Street Dog Run!

Great Weekend!

June 5, 2012 by admin
Volunteers Lisa Reich and Elizabeth Bukhari staffing the table outside the dog run on June 3, 2012
Volunteers Lisa Reich and Elizabeth Bukhari staffing the table outside the dog run on June 3, 2012

What a great weekend we had! 105th Street Dog Run User Group board members and volunteers staffed a table outside the run throughout the day on both Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd! We met lots of dog run users—and their owners ;-)—and spread the word about all the improvements we have planned! We got some small cash donations in the collection bowl and commitments from many to make larger donations online! Lots of folks “joined the pack” by adding their names to our mailing list, and, most importantly, we got to meet and talk to so many of our fellow dog-loving neighbors!

We’ll do more tabling throughout the summer; but, in the meantime, keep in touch! Keep visiting the web site, “Like” our Facebook page, follow our Twitter account, and join our mailing list if you haven’t already!

See you at the 105th Street Dog Run!

Let’s keep the momentum going this weekend!

June 1, 2012 by admin

In response to our first event, we have received a number of generous donations; and these have made it possible for us to begin Phase I of our renovation plan: the creation of a “watering hole!”

That being said, we still have two more phases of construction to raise funds for and we would like to keep the momentum going.

We are looking to set up a donation table in front of the run this weekend. We would like to accept donations from 9am–7pm on both Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd—and need volunteers to staff the table.

We will have two-hour shifts throughout the course of each day:

  • 9am–11am
  • 11am–1pm
  • 1pm–3pm
  • 3pm–5pm
  • 5pm–7pm

If you are interested and available, please email our volunteer coordinators with the time slot that you would like.

“It’s My Park Day” Volunteer Effort a Success!

May 22, 2012 by admin

On Saturday, May 19, the newly reconstituted 105th Street Dog Run User Group held it’s first Volunteer Day, in conjunction with the New York City-wide “It’s My Park Day!”

Over the course of the day we had almost two dozen volunteers pitch in with raking leaves, filling holes and clearing rocks; as well as working the tables out front to greet dog owners entering the run so as to create awareness about the group and its plans!

We even managed to launch our fundraising effort with a modest collection from the spontaneous generosity of dog run users who happened by!

Thanks to all who participated and contributed, and… onward and upward!

Local News Site Does Story on our Efforts

May 18, 2012 by admin

DNAInfo.comLeslie Albrecht, reporter for local news web site DNAinfo.com, came to the dog run to meet with our user group board members! We were represented by Marilyn Williams and Michelle Jason (and, of course, their dogs Chloe and Ricky!) who answered Leslie’s questions about the group and discussed our plans!

Click here to read the complete article.

Along with the article, DNAInfo has included a gallery of all the photos they shot during the course of the interview, but we’ll post a few of them here as well:

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Michelle and Ricky
Michelle and Ricky
Marilyn and Chloe
Marilyn and Chloe
Ricky and Chloe
Ricky and Chloe
Michelle, Ricky, Chloe and Marilyn
Michelle, Ricky, Chloe and Marilyn
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