The bustling City of New York, New York is famous for not having a lot of elbow room. Songs and books have been written about just how crowded the city is. For that matter, there have been entire television series where the population density of New York is almost a supporting character. The lack of open space in New York is stressful enough but think about our canines.
If there's one thing that a dog needs, beyond love and belly rubs, it's green space. Room to run, butts to sniff, and a place to poop out in nature, all of the stuff that you find in a dog park. No wonder that dog parks are at a premium in New York. Cunningham Park, in Queens, packs a lot of park in a limited space. At just over one acre, it would be a big dog park anywhere, but in New York, it's actually enormous.
When you add in a separate enclosure for dogs under twenty-five pounds AND agility equipment, it's practically an urban Disneyland for dogs. Much of Cunningham Park is nicely shaded. There is a picnic table in the sun, as well as a few pipes for your dog to crawl through, a ramp to run up and down, and a large ball to tussle with. There are large, well-sanded tree stumps in the main park for climbing.
The Cunningham Dog Park is covered in cedar chips which are replaced every spring. There are water fountains for both dogs and people in the large and the small section of the park to keep canines and their humans hydrated. However, the water fountains are turned off in the winter to avoid any chance of pipe breakage. The City of New York provides poop bags and trash cans.
Human visitors to the park do a great job at making sure that the park is kept poop-free, but some visitors have complained about holes that dogs have dug not being refilled. The dog park is quite spacious by New York standards, and the park itself is very nicely set up. But what is most impressive about this park is the fact that there are actual parking spaces, and a well-maintained public bathroom, both of which are quite rare.