The Adam Yauch Dog Run has in recent years fallen into disrepair. The gravel surface has deteriorated into an uneven field of mud, the water spigot is faulty, and existing benches are sinking into the ground and splintering. Despite active use by many community members, it continues to be an eyesore and potential health hazard to visiting canines and their owners.
Thanks to the work last spring of our President Linda DeRosa posting flyers, the Willowtown Association began receiving emails from dog walkers and neighbors willing to help restore the health of the park as “Friends of the Dog Run”. As a beloved park for the neighborhood, there is a growing collective need to restore the dog run into a cleaner, safer, more welcoming environment.
The Willowtown Association therefore applied for the Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grant to help create, support, and provide the tools and resources for a team of neighborhood stewards to organize regular volunteer clean-up days for sustainable maintenance and care for the dog run long term.
However this is just the beginning. A section of our website will be created and dedicated to being a stewardship hub for the Friends of the Dog Run, where people can receive information, share ideas and photos, offer suggestions, coordinate clean-ups and talk about their dogs. As a result, we envision the dog run will become more welcoming to the community and encourage more use and ideas for improvement.