Mission Statement: To have the “warm-up” area next to the Landing Lights baseball field designated as a dog run and to keep the area clean and safe while fostering a positive relationship with the surrounding neighbors and businesses.
- We keep it clean. We not only clean up after our dogs, but after all dog owners AND humans (who throw bottles, discard food containers, etc into either the “warm-up” area or in the baseball field area.) This is part of our good neighbor policy - we make a point of cleaning up the whole area on a daily basis. We have also filled in holes and generally improved the upkeep.
- We keep it safe. The landing lights area is safer because of our presence. Before we came there were sometimes drug deals and pot-smoking in the park - that has largely disappeared because of our presence.
- The “warm-up” small fenced-off area is used by no one else. Dog owners have been using it as an informal dog run for some time now. We are there day and night and no one else ever uses it.
- This is a “no-brainer.” There is no cost to the City or the Parks Department and it will address the very pressing need for an East Elmhurst/Jackson Heights dog run. No new fences, no capital investment, just a change in the designation of the “warm-up” area to a dog run.
- Over 250 petition signatures from the neighborhood supporting a dog run at the ‘warm-up’ area of Landing Lights park.
- We have met with Council Member Costa Constantinides, Gretha Suarez of the Partnerships for Parks and will soon meet with Community Board 3 to continue to organize and advocate on behalf of this important project.