Tompkins Square Dog Run

Alphabet City • NYC

Welcome to Tompkins Square Dog Run. We are New York City's first and largest dog run located in NYC's Tompkins Square Park. We use this site to share ideas, offer suggestions, coordinate clean-ups and talk about our dogs.

Volunteers help replenish the dog park surface

Originally posted September 10, 2010

Every few years our run requires a new shipment of sand (called stabilized, stone screenings) to replenish the park's surface. Your donations pays for the sand, materials, and upkeep of the dog run.

 

The job started in late fall when volunteers (above) began installing additional base baords around the run and then 50 tons of new sand arrives

The job started in late fall when volunteers (above) began installing additional base baords around the run and then 50 tons of new sand arrives

And then 50 tons of new sand arrives

And then 50 tons of new sand arrives

Tompkins Square's new manager Duval Drumond (left) shakes hands with District Manager Mike McLean (center), and retiring manager Harry Greenberg (right)

Tompkins Square's new manager Duval Drumond (left) shakes hands with District Manager Mike McLean (center), and retiring manager Harry Greenberg (right)

Day 2: The Parks Dept. sends a crew but they are unable to spread the material throughout the entire park by hand

Day 2: The Parks Dept. sends a crew but they are unable to spread the material throughout the entire park by hand

Day 3 & 4: To keep the project moving, volunteers spend their weekend spreading the stone screenings throughout the small dog run

Day 3 & 4: To keep the project moving, volunteers spend their weekend spreading the stone screenings throughout the small dog run

Day 6: Finally the tractor arrives to grade the large run. (Day 5 was spent wrangling officials to get aforementioned tractor)

Day 6: Finally the tractor arrives to grade the large run. (Day 5 was spent wrangling officials to get aforementioned tractor)

Volunteers move the benches and spread the screenings where the tractor can't reach

Volunteers move the benches and spread the screenings where the tractor can't reach

The work proceeds

The work proceeds

Day 7 - 8: The new sand is washed for 24 hours to activate the stabilizer, followed by another day to let the material harden. And finally on Day 9 our run re-opens 

Day 7 - 8: The new sand is washed for 24 hours to activate the stabilizer, followed by another day to let the material harden. And finally on Day 9 our run re-opens 

© Friends of First Run - Tompkins Square Dog Run. The official 501(c)3 community organization for the Tompkins Square Dog Run authorized by NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and City Parks Foundation