Nobody denies that Downtown Brooklyn’s veritable population explosion of recent years is changing the neighborhood. The historically “9-5” Downtown area suddenly has thousands of residents hanging out 24/7, eating, sleeping, and as people often do, walking dogs.
Despite agreement as to the new pet owning residents’ needs, some heated comments were exchanged online following an article on BrooklynPaper.com reporting that the Community Board meeting on Monday, September 20th “all but shot down a proposal” to build the dog park.
The disagreement involves whether or not the plan was “nixed”, where a dog-run might best serve the Downtown dogs, and what somebody meant when they said such-and-such.
What is not disputed is that the Metrotech Business Improvement District (BID) would like a dog run to serve the canine needs of Downtown Brooklyn’s rapidly growing residential population. “We’re finding that people are looking for places to walk their dogs because some buildings have restrictions”, Michael Weiss, the BID’s executive director was quoted as saying in the NY Post .
What also seems to be clear following additional first-hand recounts of the meeting is that the plan was in fact not nixed, but will picked up again at future meetings. Wrote Weiss in a comment following the Brooklyn Paper article “We had a good discussion with many suggestions that will, no doubt, be followed up.”
When and where a dog park may finally materialize, however, is anybody’s guess.