The 72nd Street Dog Run

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FLORAL?
Who are members of FLORAL?
Who maintains the 72nd Street Dog Run?
How come the City doesn't maintain the 72nd Street Dog Run?
Why is renovation needed?
How can I contribute?
Who handles my money?








What is FLORAL?
FLORAL is a non-profit organization that consists entirely of volunteers who just happen to be interested in enhancing dog owners' lives and are willing to take a leadership role in voicing dog owners' needs to appropriate channels. Everyone is welcome to join and be active! Contact FLORAL.




Who are members of FLORAL?
FLORAL considers all dog owners who use the southern end of Riverside Park and the 72nd Street Dog Run as members.




Who maintains the 72nd Street Dog Run?
The 72nd Street Dog Run is ENTIRELY maintained by volunteers and contributions. The City does NOT maintain the run in ANY WAY. We depend on ALL USERS to help maintain our facility and keep it clean and neat. You can help by picking up any "stray" poop or by emptying garbage cans, and raking wet hay for speedy drying.




How come the City doesn't maintain the 72nd Street Dog Run?
The Parks Department has neither funding nor staff to maintain ALL facilities in city parks. In fact many other facilities in Riverside Park are privately funded and maintained by special interest groups.




Why is Renovation Needed?
The current facility is nothing more than a dirt enclosure. There is no drainage, no permeable surface covering, and nothing attractive or inviting. Also, the maintenance demands are too high for a small number of volunteers to handle. Renovation will dramatically decrease the maintenance needs as well as beautify the facility. We are planning to add attractive additions such as tree benches and plantings around the perimeter.

Renovation is an important part of the agreement between FLORAL The Parks Department and area elected officials. It will minimize the dog run's impact in the community. Previously a lawsuit was brought up by the owner of a neighboring building challenging the run's very existence. The lawsuit has since been withdrawn, but the condition to renovate stays mandatory.




How can I contribute?
Become a volunteer and/or make financial contributions. Remember, if you see someone working at the run, keep in mind that is your unpaid and overworked neighbor and fellow dog owner. Offer your help! AND write a check and send it to:

Riverside Park Fund/FLORAL
475 Riverside Dr., Suite 455
New York, NY 10115

Your donation is tax-deductible as permitted by law!
Please make certain to write "FLORAL" or "72nd St Dog Run" on your check
or your money will be put in the general RiversideParkFund.
Donation Form






Who handles my money?
Riverside Park Fund does. This is a non-profit umbrella organization that is committed to preserving and improving all 323 acres of Riverside Park. FLORAL is an affiliate organization. FLORAL does not have a bank account or direct access to the fund. FLORAL volunteers make written requests for funds that include a specific purpose. For more information, please visit the Riverside Park Fund's website at RiversideParkFund.




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