2010 Dog Park Maintenance

3/19/2010 Update:

Hoboken Dog parks get face lift

As you can read in this thread – Hoboken411 naturally started advocating for the upkeep of the city’s dog runs right around the time I hired the official mascot Oscar.

And one of the issues many dog owners have had over the years, was the proper upkeep of the dog run conditions – rocks, tools, hoses, water, etc. The main problem was that the city either didn’t have the money, or communication wires got disconnected at city hall. It typically took about a year to get any action.

So today’s post serves as your “18 month maintenance update” – as a few Hoboken dog runs got a fresh supply of rocks this week (Elysian, Church Square).

SEE UPDATES DATING BACK TO 2007 AFTER THE JUMP…

10/22/2008:

After nearly a year of patience – the Elysian Park Dog run finally got the new rocks it needed.

2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason sends her thanks to Director Joe Peluso:

“Dear Director Peluso:
Thank you very much for following through with this, the stone dust for dog runs. I appreciate your diligence along with Mr. Riccardi and Mr. Ronga for the past year in working with me to get this done on behalf of the 2nd Ward residents and those who use Elysian Park.

With sincere appreciation,

Beth Mason
Councilwoman, 2nd Ward”

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12/6/2007:
A few days ago, I contacted the City Council regarding the conditions of the city dog parks (Elysian in particular).

Today, I received this letter from Beth Mason to Director Peluso, indicating that the rocks ordered should be here soon, and she makes suggestions to help provide for regular maintenance of each of the city’s dog runs.

This is a great example of how city council members can be a great help to their constituents. I would love to see more examples of such action from all members of our council. If anyone has similar success stories around town, please feel free to send them in.

Additionally, if you are having a particular concern in your ward, feel free to copy Hoboken411 on your communiqu├ęs to your councilperson. This way, we can post the results (or lack thereof) online. I bet many good deeds may go unnoticed.

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12/3/2007:

No more mud, please!

Last month I brought up the issue of maintaining the dog runs in town. Shortly thereafter, the park I use (Elysian Park) was cleaned up quite nicely, and then even put in a brand new pooper scooper! I was thrilled to say the least.

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However, that particular park (and possibly others in town) is (are) in desperate need of getting the little pebbles refilled. They’re pretty much gone, and all that’s left is dirt. This has to be maintained every year or two, and it hasn’t been taken care of in a very long time (according to regular users of the park).

I’ve reached out to 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason, as well as the Hoboken Dog Association.

The park becomes muddy and filled with puddles each time it rains, and I can only expect it being rendered useless if any significant snowfall occurs. It’ll be giant brown mess for weeks.

How can we get this addressed sooner rather than later? If anyone can point me in the right direction, I’d appreciate it.

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11/13/2007:

Another pet article today!

As many of the 1000’s of dog owners in Hoboken do, I take my dog Oscar to one of the dog parks in Hoboken almost every day.

Since I’m a relatively new dog owner, perhaps you guys can shed some light on what has been happening over the past two years in regards to overall maintenance of these parks.

The parks are starting to deteriorate pretty badly. I can’t say for sure, but according to the Hoboken Dog Association website, it seems nothing has been done in terms of upkeep in two years.

“Thanks to the efforts of the HDA, the City equipped its three dog runs with tool bins and a water supply (Summer 2004) and installed a separate area for small dogs only at the Church Square run (May 2005). We continue to work with the City on improving conditions in the runs, including constructing permanent shelters (Summer 2005).”

The “tool bins” are pretty much busted up, and the pea gravel is too low (muddy conditions, puddles, extra digging by dogs), tools like shovels and scoops are practically destroyed now. The bags that are supplied to clean up the droppings are all donated by dog owners (the dog bag dispensers have been empty for a long time).

Here’s more information on HDA’s “maintenance” page, such as proper gravel depth and monthly surface care.

Why has no attention been paid to these areas which are obviously part of each park as a whole. Why the neglect? Who do we call? Is there something in the works?

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Interestingly, I was reading this FY2006 budget page which lists budgeted amounts for ongoing annual expenses. Forgive me if I’m having a tough time here (it is 5am), is $180k each year enough to maintain ALL Hoboken parks? Or too much? What can $15,000 a month buy you? What is this money for? Supplies? Outsourcing? Equipment? Does anyone have a copy of the line-item expenditures that went towards “Public Parks”?

And ironically, ZERO dollars are listed for ongoing maintenance of City streets. Is that why we have so many horrible roads with kidney-jarring potholes and car-swallowing sinkholes? I’m tired. Going to sleep now. I hate being sick.

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78 Comments on "2010 Dog Park Maintenance"

mooshu
Member
mooshu

I am wondering what kind of dog Stabone130 has. I bring two not-very-furry dogs to the dog park, and all I have to do when I bring them home is wipe their paws and tummies with a moist towel. Takes two minutes.

I don’t like when some owners turn their noses up at dog parks because their babies get dirty. That’s what they enjoy doing, playing and getting dirty sometimes. If it’s a problem, then we help them clean up, that’s all. What a shame.

Stabone130
Member

I have a pit mix. And I let him get covered in mud when it rains — but thats every few weeks. I take him to the dog park three times a day. Thats a little too much bathing — its bad for their coats. And we’re not talking gravel, we’re talkin’ dust clouds, shit flying everywhere. Its really supposed to be wet down before using — seems like they dumped it in the park and left. You can tell because the urine smell is pretty apparently. That only happens when the filler (not gravel) is dry. There’s no moisture to absorb the smell.

So there ya go.

In response to mooshu who said:
I am wondering what kind of dog Stabone130 has. I bring two not-very-furry dogs to the dog park, and all I have to do when I bring them home is wipe their paws and tummies with a moist towel. Takes two minutes.

I don’t like when some owners turn their noses up at dog parks because their babies get dirty. That’s what they enjoy doing, playing and getting dirty sometimes. If it’s a problem, then we help them clean up, that’s all. What a shame.

Stabone130
Member

While I applaud the recent renovations to the dog parks — holy crap are they dusty. I went to Church Square on Saturday and it was like a dust storm. Dogs caked in gravel dust….and the water line so they can have something to drink wasn’t even turned on. No point in going here if you have to wash your dog after every trip.

xyzpdq
Member
xyzpdq

I was at the dog run this weekend and I agree with Stabone130. It was worse than usual. Nasty new dust. I thought they used to wet down the new gravel before reopening the dog run. Guess they didn’t do it this time. Just dumped the gravel and left. Hopefully today’s rain will do the job.

In response to Stabone130 who said:
While I applaud the recent renovations to the dog parks — holy crap are they dusty. I went to Church Square on Saturday and it was like a dust storm. Dogs caked in gravel dust….and the water line so they can have something to drink wasn’t even turned on. No point in going here if you have to wash your dog after every trip.

HomeTeam
Member
HomeTeam

They’re frickin’ DOGS!!!! They get dirty! Take you trendy pos out of it’s Gucci carrying bag once and a while and you’ll see they aren’t just accessories.

In response to Stabone130 who said:
While I applaud the recent renovations to the dog parks — holy crap are they dusty. I went to Church Square on Saturday and it was like a dust storm. Dogs caked in gravel dust….and the water line so they can have something to drink wasn’t even turned on. No point in going here if you have to wash your dog after every trip.

xxrjxx
Member
xxrjxx

Have you even been to one of the dog runs? I doubt it since you’re opening your pie hole and making claims about other peoples’ dogs. They should be covered with gravel rather than filler that raises dust clouds throughout the remainder of the park. It’s not just a dog run issue, it’s a health issue as those clouds of dust are raised and an enjoyment of the park issue for others.

In response to HomeTeam who said:
They’re frickin’ DOGS!!!! They get dirty! Take you trendy pos out of it’s Gucci carrying bag once and a while and you’ll see they aren’t just accessories.

HomeTeam
Member
HomeTeam

Sounds like you also support a helmet law for those using the dog run.

In response to xxrjxx who said:
Have you even been to one of the dog runs? I doubt it since you’re opening your pie hole and making claims about other peoples’ dogs. They should be covered with gravel rather than filler that raises dust clouds throughout the remainder of the park. It’s not just a dog run issue, it’s a health issue as those clouds of dust are raised and an enjoyment of the park issue for others.

plywood
Member
plywood

Don’t give me that – “tired” two days after St. Patricks……..

Stpaddygirl
Member

Oops so tired from an exhausting day at the dog park I posted on the wrong thread….

plywood
Member
plywood

No, but considering the amount of stone dust I was carrying, I was more than glad to be let “off the hook” with only a ticket and a strong warning.

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