By Carol Tannenhauser
It’s been a long time coming, but Bull Moose Dog Run, located in Theodore Roosevelt Park, next to the Museum of Natural History, is finally getting a full renovation.
“We are happy to report that the construction for this project is about to begin after Manhattan Borough President (Gale) Brewer provided the additional funding needed to award the contract,” emailed Crystal Howard, assistant commissioner of communications, NYC Parks. “Construction is scheduled to begin in July and expected to last a year. The cost is projected to be $684,000.”
Brewer first allocated $250,000 to repair the dog run back in 2013. By 2017, no work had been done and the projected cost had risen to $440,000, which Brewer and City Council Member Helen Rosenthal provided.
“The reconstruction of Bull Moose Dog Run has been a long haul—so I’m thrilled that this project is finally set to begin,” Brewer said. “I want to congratulate the dog owners who have been nothing but patient and responsive during this process, and the Parks Department for listening to concerns of both dog owners and community members.”
“This project, when completed, will address the long-term issues of concern,” Howard said. That includes: regrading, resurfacing and reconfiguring the run; repairing faulty drainage; replacing and adding benches and other equipment; and protecting existing mature trees.
Jill Weinberg, whose dog, Ellie, depends on the dog run for daily exercise, was happy about the renovations, but dismayed by the time it will take to complete them. “Don’t get me started !!” she texted. “Not that it doesn’t desperately need to be renovated BUT why a year!!!😡”
Elaine Boxer, a community resident who has worked for six years to get the project underway, was elated by the news, but cautious. “Now, our focus and challenge centers around actually getting started in July, and then, getting through all the construction steps in a timely matter instead of dragging on and on unnecessarily. It ain’t over until it’s over!”
Here is a summary of the process provided by the Parks Department:
The project started (with design) and is on schedule:
Start Date: July 2017
Projected Completion Date: June 2018
Completion Date: July 2018
Start Date: July 2018
Projected Completion Date: April 2019
Adjusted Completion Date: July 2019
Construction will last 12 months