If you are a dog owner in Rockaway, you have very likely brought your pooch to the Rockaway Freeway Dog Park. This beautiful park is a vital resource for our community and also happens to be the largest dog park in New York City. It is also the only place where dogs are legally allowed off leash*. For the many Rockaway residents who do not have yards, the dog park is the only area where their pets can run free and get some fresh air and excercise. Thank you to ARF-ARF Rockaway for providing these images!
The MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority), who have been repairing the A-Train tracks surrounding the dog park have left a big mess behind when they were recently working in the park. ARF-ARF Rockaway tells us that “They not only left debris (and a pile of rock salt), but broke all the front gates, a couple of benches, some fencing, ruined the grass that was growing back after the storm, and left the walking paths slick with oil and mud. We’re trying to keep in touch with the Parks Dept to get to the bottom of this and let all of the park patrons know what’s going on, but have not heard anything yet.”
*Update – Just wanted to update you on the MTA progress. They’ve promised to fix everything they’ve damaged but have been held back because of the weather. We’ve been advised though, that we should keep the pressure on them to not forget about it until the work is completed.
If you would like to lodge a complaint to ensure swift cleanup – see below.
Here’s how to submit an effective complaint;
- Call 718-330-3322, NYC Transit’s Customer Assistance line weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and speak with a customer representative about your complaint.
- Write about your complaint to MTA New York City Transit, Paratransit Division, Customer Relations, 130 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201.
- Use MTA’s web site www.mta.info and click on Contact Us.
- Submit your complaint as soon as possible, while the details are still fresh in your mind.Your trip ticket contains information that will help us investigate your complaint.
- Here’s what we need to know:
When did the problem occur, date and time? Where did it occur? Did it involve the application process, reserving a trip, taking a trip, or some other issue? Did it involve your driver, another customer, AAR staff, the vehicle, subscription service, or something else?
(*Technically, I mean come on in the middle of winter on the beach who is going to tell?)