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East River Dog Run Celebrates LES Canines May 21

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Lots of neighborhood dog owners are not even aware that there’s a leash-free dog run in Corlear’s Hook Park, near Jackson Street and the FDR. A new organization is working to change that, and to improve the run, which is sadly in need of a sprucing up. Next Saturday, May 21, the Friends of the East River Dog Run hosts its first event as part of It’s My Park Day, a citywide celebration of New York’s public greenspaces.

“The day will be an opportunity to participate with making the park better for our dogs and for dog owners,” said Jennifer Coffey, who co-chairs the group with local dog walker Blake Rodriguez. “It is our hope that this event will allow people who have previously overlooked this dog run a chance to see how convenient it is and how great it it could be, as we work with the Parks Department and the community to make improvements.”

The May 21 event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a volunteer clean-up crew working on the park early in the morning, dog playdates in the run, on-leash trail excursions in East River park, agility events, microchipping, training and grooming tips.

The Friends of East River Dog Run is also looking for LES dog owners who want to get involved, starting with a meeting tonight to finalize plans for next week’s event. Show up at the dog park at 6:30 p.m., or email eastriverdogrun@gmail.com for more info.


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