But there is a silver lining.
“The unfortunate event of a fallen tree ruining the dog run has boosted efforts for long-awaited improvements,” said Assemblyman Joseph Lentol in a statement last week. “This is the perfect way to make lemonade from lemons.”
The Parks Department has sent a crew to clean up the area and fix the fence. Materials are being provided through the efforts of District Dog Boutique and Spa, located at 142 Driggs Ave. in Greenpoint.
Bea Maher, the owner of District Dog Boutique and Spa, said that while the repairs would not be too costly, the dent created a hole in the gate opening which could be potentially harmful to small dogs.
“Because of the hole, smaller dogs could easily get out of the dog park without owners knowing,” Maher said. She said that repairs for damages would cost approximately $800. “So far, we've raised $150, and people are coming in to our store often to give donations.”
Waiting on more funds for the new repairs, Maher said that fewer small dogs may enter the location until the fence was fixed.
Kevin Russel, who was with his dog in McGolrick Park last week, said he would not allow his Shih Tzu, Tinkerbell, in the dog park until the repairs had been made.
To find out more information about donating for the repairs, visit twww.districtdog.com.