Last year, funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF), the Horticultural Society of New York built a raised bed system around the trees in the area to protect the roots. The project also added benches and picnic tables for people to sit, and added gravel to make the dog run easier to clean and drain.
The improved dog run was unveiled last weekend and was inaugurated with a “Dogs of McGolrick” beauty contest.
Nicole Keimig, who lives three blocks from the park, said she got her puppy, Yoshi, just a little more than a month ago. She brings Yoshi to McGolrick Park almost everyday.
“I try to come whenever the weather is nice,” she said. “I have a highly active dog, so he needs the running.”
Keimig said she would like to see smaller dogs at the park because she has a mini Aussie, and there are mostly big dogs there.
Rebecca Farrar, who moved to Brooklyn from Texas a few months ago, said everyone told her this was the “place to take your dog.” There’s also a dog run at McCarren Park, but McGolrick Park is closer to home.
“I like the dirt,” she said. “The difference in terrain is really nice.”
She said she especially appreciates the community at the dog run.
“You get to know everyone,” said Farrar, who has two dogs. “You see the same dogs coming in, so you get to know them by name.”
The only wish she had for the dog run is a water supply.
“It’s obviously a responsibility for the dog owners, but sometimes it would be nice to have it close by,” she said.
Olivia Bruno runs the Astoria-based dog-walking business Bark & Bone, with clients in Astoria, Long Island City and Greenpoint. She said she takes her clients’ dogs to McGolrick Park daily.
“It’s probably my favorite dog run, to be honest,” she said. “It’s not too crowded, everyone’s really nice and respectful. It’s a nice space.”
Bruno said she didn’t quite understand the renovations to the dog run, and also wished there was running water in the space.
“It’s still dirty,” she said. “It was covered in wood chips and dirt, and now it’s covered in wood chips and dirt and gravel.”
However, she did notice the new benches and picnic tables, noting that before people would bring their own chairs.
That said, she still chooses the McGolrick Park dog run over the rest.
“I like that it’s shady, I like that there’s a place to sit,” Bruno said. “And the community here is really nice.”