Bull Moose Dog Run Is Dry Again; No Problem With Renovations, Parks Says

Bull Moose Dog Run as it’s meant to be.

By Carol Tannenhauser

The “flooding issue” that beset the Bull Moose Dog Run, beside the Museum of Natural History, last Friday has been resolved, while the run remained open, according to a spokesperson for NYC Parks. “There were no leaks or problems with the capital improvements recently completed at the dog run,” the spokesperson said.

That will be a relief to dogs and owners alike, who were appalled when they found the newly renovated surface of the run covered with large puddles, last Friday morning. The water came from a ”bleed valve” that had been mistakenly turned on, which opened the irrigation line near the dog run, the spokesperson explained. Bull Moose had been bothered by drainage problems for years.

Flooded on Friday.

As for the composition of the new surface, which has given rise to some complaints about its safety and comfort for dogs among WSR commenters, the spokesperson said, “The standard stone screenings used in most dog runs are unavailable for the foreseeable future, because of production issues, so an alternative had to be used in order to make sure this project could be completed. The new surface material was selected for its good drainage characteristics and similarity in shape and size to the previous stone screenings. We will consider any issues brought to our attention so we can evaluate the performance of this material over time.”

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    1. uwsdoglover says:

      Our pup loves it here! Such a great addition to the neighborhood. Thank you to the parks department for staying on top of this! Hopefully the surface can be revisited in the future, so all dogs can enjoy the beautiful location and spacious dog run.

    2. Good Dog! says:

      Ummm…the sign at the entrance says “Masks Required”.
      For us dogs, or just for them two-legs?

    3. MQue says:

      Fantastic going to go check it out today

    4. marci says:

      We were there Friday afternoon and saw no evidence of flooding, so they did a quick job of rectifying that!

    5. Roberet Sheridan says:

      Relief!

      A joy to have this back in commission after a year not having it available.

    6. my sunshine says:

      my dog and i love the dogrun and the new dry, dust/mud free surface. very grateful

    7. Maude says:

      Seems like the new rock-based gravel is great for drainage but tough on paws!! Glad to have the park open again but my dog who normally is running around full speed ahead walked gingerly on the pebbles.

    8. GG says:

      Personally I liked the flooding.

      It allowed me to bring my two goldfish down to the park for some badly needed outdoor exercise. They took a few laps and then we went to Shake Shack. It was a lovely afternoon.

      I’ve said it before, this park should be for all UWS pets! How about a nice big cat patio space (a “catio” if you will) or a big communal hamster wheel. Maybe a nice pool/pond for the fish to stretch their fins. Gotta think outside of the box.

      OK, that’s enough ranting. Time for me to take my medication.

    9. ZAC woof-woof says:

      Personally, I tell my owner stay away from the dog-run….we don’t go near it and never have.

      For many reasons ask your veterinarian!

    10. Lifer says:

      “The standard stone screenings used in most dog runs are unavailable for the foreseeable future, because of production issues, so an alternative had to be used in order to make sure this project could be completed.” While I appreciate the logic, the pebbled surface of the dog run nearest to me has taken the “run” out of the space. Glad they realize it’s not ideal and thank you WSR for the update.

      Unfortunately the shortage of proper surface materials suggests that maintenance of the other dog runs on the UWS may eventually suffer, especially given the high expense. Ironically the people with the most active and athletic dogs seem to have left the neighborhood at least for the time being, and they could be counted on to support the runs financially. Hard times.