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East Elmhurst to get funds for dog park

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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 5:43 pm

That makes two for the dogs so far this fall.

East Elmhurst is set to receive funding for its first dog park, officials said this week.

It was announced last month that Astoria would receive $1 million for a dog run of its own.

Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona) announced Wednesday $1.5 million in funding to build a dog park on Ditmars Boulevard and 94th Street.

“So many residents of East Elmhurst made a home here and have remained for decades despite the noise and air pollution. They really deserve well-kept public spaces near their homes that allow them to enjoy leisurely time with their families and pets outdoors,” Ferreras-Copeland said in a prepared statement.

Additionally, $1.7 million will go toward upgrades at Overlook Park, which is located near LaGuardia Airport along the Grand Central Parkway on Ditmars Boulevard, between 97th and 100th streets.

 “I am proud to stand with Councilwoman Ferreras-Copeland and NYC Parks to announce this City investment in our neighborhood. This will give this area a viable recreation space and augment the quality of life of all,” Aubry said in a statement.  “It will also provide public recreation space for the children moving into the nearby family shelter. Both older residents and these new families will be well-served by the public spaces.”

The Park capital funds to build the dog park and improve Overlook Park total $3.2 million.

"Overlook Park and its neighboring public spaces are a green oasis in one of our City's most highly trafficked areas," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver in a statement.

Hannah Douglas

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