Thank you for visiting the South Slope Dog Owners Association website!
We are an all volunteer non-profit organization responsible for the "pocket park" on 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the South Slope, Brooklyn!
As new community members flow in and out of the space, it may help to know a little of the history of the park.
Our little patch of dirt adjacent to the noisy Prospect Expressway is the product of many years of effort on the park of three separate groups that lobbied the Community Board, the Parks Department and community members to claim a space where dog owners could allow their dogs off leash without fear of ticketing.
For many, the park seems as if it has been here forever, but it is just over two years old.Before we had the park, dog owners were regularly ticketed (and sometimes even chased) by both the Sanitation Department and the Parks Department. Tickets ranged from $50 to $200.
Two prior attempts were made to secure land for off leash dog use. Dog owners fought a hard battle to secure the space now known as the "Butterfly Garden," but the garden group prevailed. And unfortunately, the homeowners opposite Joseph Mayrose Park closest to 7th Avenue were against a park in that location. In an area with so little green space park land can be a highly contentious matter.
In many ways our organization secured the "pocket park" on 18th Street, as a last resort, and simple solution to the problem of ticketing.
For over a year a group of dedicated dog owners worked together to build relationships within our community and explain the need for the dog park. Dog owners held meetings, wrote letters, showed up at community board meetings, carried signs, and finally presented a proposal for the space that was approved by the Community Board and Parks Department. And so in July of 2010, the little patch of dirt we call our park became the newest (and smallest) dog park in the entire city.
Since then, many other dog park propsals have been modeled on our work, and grassroots organizing style, which took the needs of the whole community into full consideration.
Since we have had the park, there has been a visible decrease in owners failing to pick up after their dogs on the nearby streets, and there has also been a reduction in drug dealing along the walkway adjacent to the Prospect Expressway. And best of all - no more ticketing!
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And let's continue to "self-police" the park, keeping it safe and clean for dogs and their owners.
We hope you and your dogs enjoy the park!