LES Dog Owners’ Input Wanted Monday Night

Tucked away in a corner of Corlear’s Hook Park, where Cherry and Jackson streets meet the southern end of East River Park, a mulch-and-straw-covered fenced lot awaits four-legged visitors and their caretakers.

Not that many come. Corlear’s Hook Park Dog Run is one of the city’s most under-used dog parks. Unlike its popular (and well-maintained) counterparts in Tompkins Square, Union Square and Madison Square parks, it’s often empty for hours at a time.

Also unlike the city’s more heavily used dog runs—which have volunteer caretakers and private funding—Corlear’s Hook run is in need of some serious TLC. The fences are made from flimsy woven wire and there isn’t any running water for thirsty dogs (or humans). Gaps in the double gates allow small dogs to escape and the benches are dirty and old.

But all of that may be changing soon. With some organizing by local dog behaviorist Blake Rodriguez, park users are forming a group to advocate for improvements, and they are looking for ideas and new members.

Corlear's Hook Dog Run

Dog owners are invited to a brainstorming meeting on Monday, Sept. 13th at 6 p.m. at the dog run. All input is welcome, Rodriguez says, and those who can’t attend in person are invited to send thoughts and suggestions to EastRiverDogRun@gmail.com. Rodriguez encourages anyone who can’t attend to send a “Top 5” wish list of improvements or additions to the dog run.